MOUNDSVILLE — Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas is now flowing through the $1.6 billion Leach XPress, as owner TransCanada Corp. put the 36-inch diameter pipeline into service Jan. 1.

This pipeline stretches from the MarkWest Majorsville facility in Marshall County to Ceredo, W.Va., near Huntington. It can transport about 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, which is enough energy to provide electricity for more than 36,000 homes.

Also, Calgary, Alberta-based TransCanada received a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission certificate for the $2 billion Mountaineer XPress, a conduit which officials plan to use for shipping 2.6 Bcf per day southward from Marshall County.

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