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New NatGas Pipeline Designed for Growing Northeast Ohio Demand

Newly formed RH energytrans LLC has filed at FERC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a 60-mile pipeline that would deliver natural gas from northwest Pennsylvania to northeast Ohio.

The 55,000 Dth/d Risberg Line would take gas from an interconnect with Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Crawford County, PA, to help meet peak day supply deficits and new industrial demand in Ashtabula County, OH.

Dominion Energy Ohio entered into a binding precedent agreement as the foundation shipper for 40,000 Dth/d. North Atlantic Iron Corp., which plans to build a pig iron plant in Ashtabula on Lake Erie, has expressed interest in contracting for 15,000 Dth/d of firm transportation.

RH energytrans wants to convert 31.6 miles of 8-inch and 12-inch gas pipeline in Crawford and Erie counties. From Erie County, the company said about 28 miles of 12-inch pipe would be constructed to traverse the state line and terminate at a new delivery point that interconnects with Dominion’s distribution system in North Kingsville, OH.

The company has requested the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorize the project by June to place the pipeline into service later next year.

RH energytrans has no other existing operations. The company is owned by Opatho Gas Trans LLC. Opatho stakeholders also own EmKey Energy LLC, Viking Energy Broker LLC and Nucomer Energy LLC. EmKey has natural gas gathering and processing operations in New York and Pennsylvania. 

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