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After NiSource Split, Columbia Pipeline Group Plans $10B-Plus in Midstream Investments

NiSource Inc. and its Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) are on track to split into two separately traded companies by July, management said Thursday, in a move that sets the stage for billions of dollars of infrastructure, interstate pipeline and midstream upgrades at both companies over the next two decades.

While NiSource has plans to spend up to $30 billion in the next 20 years to make upgrades at the utilities level, including the modernization of its electric generation and natural gas distribution systems, CPG expects to hit the ground running this year. CPG plans to take advantage of a “once in a generation opportunity” with the nation’s shale boom and related growth in the midstream sector, said post-separation President Glen Kettering.

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