Natural gas from Piceance Basin being sent to markets outside Colo.

Questar Pipeline Co. has begun pumping Piceance Basin natural gas to markets south and west of Colorado.

The White River Hub connects a natural-gas processing plant near Meeker with four interstate pipelines, Questar said in a news release.

Among those pipelines is the Northwest Pipeline, which carries gas to markets in the Pacific Northwest and, via another pipeline, to Las Vegas and Southern California.

The White River Hub provides producers with greater access to markets for gas from the Piceance and Uinta basins, said Allan Bradley, Questar Pipeline president and chief executive officer.

“We hope to further enhance market liquidity by working with the appropriate parties to establish a new, published, regional pricing point designated ‘White River Hub.’ ”

The White River Hub is a joint venture between Questar, the hub operator, and Enterprise Products Operating LLC. Questar will operate the hub, which consists of four miles of existing 36-inch diameter pipe and about seven miles of new, 30-inch diameter pipe. The hub provides more than 2.5 billion cubic feet per day of firm and interruptible service.


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