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Open Season for Utica pipeline

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Oilfield Technology,

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is launching a binding open season for drillers to secure capacity on a pipeline that will ship ethane and propane from the Utica Shale to Canada.

Under the Utica To Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) project, Kinder Morgan will build and operate a 240 mile, 12 in. diameter pipeline from Harrison County, Ohio, to Kinder Morgan’s Cochin Pipeline near Riga, Michigan, where the company would then move product eastward to Windsor, Ontario, in Canada.

UTOPIA would transport previously refined or fractionated natural gas liquids (NGLs), including ethane and propane, with an initial 50 000 bpd of capacity, which is expandable to more than 75 000 bpd.

“We are pleased to offer this proposal, which will complement our existing transportation solutions for NGLs produced in the Utica,” said Don Lindley, President of natural gas liquids, products pipelines for KMP, in a statement. “The UTOPIA project will enable us to continue to provide a pipeline transportation solution into the growing Ontario market.”

The pipeline is expected to be in service by early 2018. The binding open season begins today.

Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

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