TransCanada has commissioned the western segment of its $900m WB Xpress pipeline project, a natural gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia.

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Image: TransCanada places phase one of the $900m WB Xpress pipeline into service. Photo: courtesy of TransCanada.

The western build of the WB Xpress pipeline will move nearly 760 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to a delivery point on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Broad Run System for transportation to the Gulf Coast.

Some of the key developments in the first phase of the pipeline project included construction of the Elk River Compressor Station in Clendenin, West Virginia, in addition to associated pipeline and facilities.

Overall, the WB Xpress pipeline project is expected to enhance the service and flexibility of interstate natural gas delivery to a significant extent, while opening up jobs and opportunities for workers in Virginia and West Virginia.

The WB Xpress pipeline project is essentially upgrading and improving an existing TransCanada pipeline system that has been in operations for more than 60 years.

The natural gas pipeline project includes construction of two new compressor stations, 48km of greenfield pipeline and modifications to seven existing pipelines to facilitate an additional 1.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas to flow through the pipeline system per day.

The WB Xpress pipeline project is part of the C$28bn ($21.6bn) near-term growth portfolio of TransCanada that includes $8bn in natural gas pipelines in the US.

TransCanada US natural gas pipelines executive vice president & president Stan Chapman said: “WB XPress provides an attractive outlet for our producer customers, creating significant new takeaway capacity in Appalachia.

“We are pleased to deliver on the first phase of this project and look forward to placing the Eastern Build in-service later this year.”

Earlier this month, TransCanada gave a C$526m ($408.5m) construction contract to SA Energy Group for Spreads 3 and 4 of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline in Canadian province British Columbia.

SA Energy Group is made up of Aecon Group and Robert B. Somerville.

The 670km long Coastal GasLink Pipeline project will transport natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region near Dawson Creek to the $31bn LNG Canada export facility to be constructed in Kitimat, British Columbia.