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Columbia Gas of Ohio expects to begin construction this month on a 5,200-foot medium-pressure pipeline to deliver natural gas to a heating and power plant on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, OH. The pipeline would deliver up to 300 MMcf/hour to the Lausche Heating Plant, Columbia Gas spokesman Dave Rau told NGI. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30. Built in 1967, the Lausche Heating Plant supplies heat to all university buildings on the Athens campus using three coal-fired boilers and one natural gas boiler; with completion of the pipeline it will switch to gas exclusively. The university had the plant switch from coal to gas temporarily three years ago (see Shale DailyApril 18, 2012).

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