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Columbia Gas Transmission will build a 160-mile natural gas pipeline in Ohio and West Virginia.

Columbia Gas, a subsidiary of Columbia Pipeline Group, will invest $1.75 billion in the project.

The pipelines have a total capacity of 1.5 billion cubic feet per day and will provide access to multiple Marcellus and Utica receipt points.

The Ohio pipeline, called the Leach XPress, will capitalize on the shale boom in the Utica formation in Ohio.

The West Virginia pipeline, named the Rayne XPress, will move gas produced in the Appalachian basin.

Leach will also establish a new header system serving the Appalachian supply basin.

The Leach pipeline will connect with Indiana-based NiSource’s Columbia Gulf Transmission pipeline in Leach, Kentucky.

Columbia has secured firm long-term service agreements from Fort Worth-based Range Resources Appalachia, Houston-based Noble Energy, Oklahoma-based Kaiser Marketing Appalachian and Oklahoma-based American Energy Utica.

The company expects construction of both projects to start in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The pipelines are projects to be online in the second half of 2017, pending regulatory approvals.