The gathering system, Tygart Valley Pipeline (TVP) will serve MK’s Marcellus Shale development program in the US state of Northeast West Virginia.

TVP expected to be completed by the fourth quarter 2012 will interconnect with Columbia Gas Transmission’s WB Pipeline in Randolph County, West Virginia.

The TVP will provide MK and other area producers with access to the growing natural gas markets in the Washington DC and Baltimore areas.

Crestwood estimates the TVP project to cost about $70m that will be anchored by a long term contract with MK, a First Reserve portfolio company.

First Reserve, a premier private investment firm in the energy industry, also manages the fund which owns Crestwood Holdings, the majority owner of Crestwood’s general partner.

Currently, TVP will have total capacity of about 200 million cubic feet per day ("MMcf/d") which can be expanded to approximately 300 MMcf/d with compression.

MK expects to reserve firm capacity of 115 MMcf/d under a long-term, fixed-fee gathering agreement.

Furthermore, Crestwood is currently marketing the remaining firm capacity in the project to area producers that have been accumulating Marcellus Shale leases.