Natural gas utility Gas Natural, through its subsidiary Spelman Pipeline, has acquired pipeline assets from Marathon Petroleum.

The assets include pipelines and rights-of-way located in the US states of Ohio and Kentucky.

In Ohio, the assets include more than 140 miles of pipeline spanning almost a third of the state from Marion to Youngstown, and other Ohio assets are located in metropolitan and south suburban Cleveland.

The Kentucky assets include over 60 miles of right-of-way in the Louisville area and points south.

According to the company, the pipelines were formerly used to transport refined petroleum products and crude oil.

Spelman plans to convert the Ohio pipelines to transport natural gas to new markets where natural gas service is not currently available as well as to link it to markets served by its Ohio affiliates.

Gas Natural said that future plans include extending the lines to participate in the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays.