Infrastructure investments have led to a 51 percent surge in Marcellus shale gas production over the last year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Tuesday.
A post on the agency's "Today in Energy" blog highlighted the effect new pipelines and processing facilities have had on northern West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania production.
While the state has a rich supply of natural gas, companies still have to find a way to get it to customers who have a demand for it. New pipelines and compressor stations made it easier for supply to meet demand, EIA analysts said.
"Natural gas production in West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania has risen as these expansions provided increased access to markets," the post said.
Between July and September 2012, three key projects boosted production capacity in the region expanded nearly 1 billion cubic feet per day:
* In July, Equitrans brought its Sunrise Project online. The pipeline has the capacity to carry 310 million cubic feet per day from Wetzel County to Greene County, Pa., and also provides access to five other interconnections that serve companies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
* In September, Dominion Transmission began service on its Appalachian Gateway Project, which features four new compressor stations and 110 miles of new pipeline. That project can handle up to 470 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, transferring it from production areas in West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania to an interconnect with the Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline.
* Also in September, Equitrans brought its new Blacksville Compressor Station in Monongalia County online. That station is capable of handling 200 million cubic feet of gas per day.
EIA analysts said the new capacity helped increase West Virginia's average daily natural gas production by 51 percent year to date.