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Tallgrass probes Ohio gas pipeline blast

31 Jan 2018 18:52 GMT
Tallgrass probes Ohio gas pipeline blast

Houston, 31 January (Argus) — Tallgrass Energy's 24-inch Seneca Lateral gas pipeline in eastern Ohio exploded early today, resulting in no injuries but shutting the line which connects a processing plant to markets in the US midcontinent and northeast.

The blast occurred at about 2:30am ET today in a rural area between state route 513 and state route 379 in Noble county, a spokeswoman for Tallgrass said. Tallgrass isolated that segment of pipeline following the explosion and worked with first responders to secure the area. The blast did not result in evacuations. There was no affect to customers, as they are able to use other segments of the system, she said.

Tallgrass is now investigating the cause of the explosion.

The midstream company placed the 600mn cf/d (17mn m³/d) Seneca Lateral into service in 2014 as part of a project that made zone 3 of the Rockies Express pipeline bi-lateral. The 14.3 mile (23km) lateral flows gas from the MarkWest Energy Partners' Seneca processing plant and provides an outlet for booming Marcellus and Utica production, allowing Appalachian producers to deliver gas to higher-priced Great Lakes markets.