Operations Overview

Our gathering systems are a network of pipelines that connect to wellheads and then transport dry natural gas directly to interstate pipelines. Since wells produce at progressively lower field pressures as they deplete, our compression services allow remaining reserves to be produced against the higher pressure in the connecting gathering system. In a mechanical process, we compress natural gas to a higher pressure, allowing it to flow into a high-pressure gathering system.

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Asset Overview
Washington County System
Greene County System
Gas Gathering and Compression
Water Services

Asset Overview

Our natural gas gathering and compression assets consist of natural gas gathering and compression systems that service high quality producers in the dry gas core of the Marcellus Shale in southwestern Pennsylvania. Our water services assets consist of water pipelines, impoundment facilities, pumping stations, take point facilities and measurement facilities, which are used to support well completion activities and to collect and recycle or dispose of flowback and produced water for EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) and third parties in Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania and Belmont County, Ohio. We provide our services under long-term, fee-based contracts, primarily to EQT.

Washington County System

Rice Energy began constructing the Washington County gathering system in January 2010, in connection with commencing horizontal development of its Marcellus Shale acreage. Since 2010, Rice Energy has expanded the Washington County gathering system through a combination of organic growth and third-party acquisitions. In April 2014, Rice Energy completed the acquisition of the Momentum Assets from M3 Appalachia Gathering LLC. The Momentum Assets included a 28-mile, 6- to 16-inch gathering system in eastern Washington County providing gathering services to third-party producers. The acquisition also included permits and rights of way necessary to construct our 18-mile, 30-inch gathering system extension and TETCO connection, which we completed in November 2014.

During 2015, we expect to complete construction of the Washington County gathering system with the addition of approximately 20 miles of high-pressure pipeline in central Washington County. Upon completion of construction, we expect that the Washington County gathering system will consist of a network of 92 miles of 6- to 30-inch gathering pipelines for a total of approximately 3.3 MMDth/d of capacity to collect natural gas from Rice Energy and third-party producers. In addition, substantially all of Rice Energy’s drilling locations within our designated area in Washington County will be within two miles of the completed system and, as a result, we expect that we will connect substantially all of such drilling locations to this gathering and compression system for minimal cost.

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Greene County System

As of year end 2014, our Greene County gathering system consists of a network of 9.7 miles of 6- to 16-inch gathering pipelines that collect natural gas from Rice Energy and has a capacity of approximately 420 MDth/d. During 2015, we expect to expand the Greene County gathering system by constructing an additional 9.6 miles of high-pressure pipeline increasing the total system mileage to 19.3 miles of gathering pipelines with an aggregate capacity of approximately 840 MDth/d. In addition, substantially all of Rice Energy’s drilling locations within our dedicated area in Greene County will be within two miles of the completed system, and, as a result, we expect that we will connect substantially all of such drilling locations to this gathering and compression system for minimal cost.

Gas Gathering and Compression

As of December 31, 2016, our gathering and compression assets consisted of a 4.1 MMDth/d high-pressure dry gas gathering system and associated compression in Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania, with connections to the Dominion Transmission, Columbia Gas Transmission, Texas Eastern Transmission, Equitrans Transmission and National Fuel Gas Supply interstate pipelines. We derive revenues under our long-term contracts by charging customers fixed fees for gathering and compression services based on throughput.

Water Services

Our water services assets consist of water pipelines, impoundment facilities, pumping stations, take point facilities and measurement facilities, which are used to support well completion activities and to collect and recycle or dispose of flowback and produced water for EQT Corporation and third parties in Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania, and Belmont County, Ohio. As of December 31, 2016, our Pennsylvania assets provided access to 22.5MMgal/d of fresh water from the Monongahela River and several other regional water sources, and our Ohio assets provided access to 14.0 MMgal/d of fresh water from the Ohio River and several other regional water sources, both for distribution to EQT Corporation and third parties.