Open Season announced for ATEX Ethane Pipeline

Binding open season was announced by Enterprise Products Partners on the partnership’s 1,200-mile Appalachia-to-Texas (“ATEX”) ethane pipeline to determine demand for expanded capacity on the pipeline. The open season started at 9 a.m. CDT on August 26, 2019 and continues until 5 p.m. CDT on September 25, 2019.

The company would add up to 50,000 barrels per day of incremental capacity through a combination of pipeline looping, hydraulic improvements and modifications to existing infrastructure. This is subject to sufficient customer commitments during the open season. The company is expecting that the expanded capabilities would be in service by 2022.

The pipeline transports ethane from the Marcellus/Utica Basin of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to Enterprise’s natural gas liquids storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and features pipeline access to petrochemical plants along the Gulf Coast.


Enbridge Requests Putting More of TEAL NatGas Pipe Into Service

Enbridge on Wednesday, filed with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to put the remaining part of its Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) Phase 1 natural gas pipeline in Ohio into service.

Enbridge expects to have the request for the last part of the $200 million project approved by Oct. 30.

The facilities Enbridge is seeking to put into service include close to 4.4 miles of new 36-inch pipe and other equipment.

The Teal project is one of several pipelines designed to connect the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

Enbridge put part of TEAL into service on Oct. 9.


Kinder Morgan Drops Its Utica Marcellus Gas Pipeline Project

Kinder Morgan said in a financial report that it has decided to cancel its Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline project as it shifts focus to its existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which transports natural gas from Gulf Coast in Louisiana to the northeast.

The UMTP was supposed to transport natural gas liquids from the Utica and Marcellus shale regions to the Gulf Coast in Texas. Kinder Morgan filed with the FERC in 2015 to abandon the TGP project in favor of the UMTP, which would have had a design capacity of 430,000 barrels daily.

The TGP will instead have the flow reversed by the company as it looks for producer commitments for the route between Appalachia and the Gulf Coast.

The most recent abandonment of a project comes after Kinder Morgan abandoned another, more prominent, project earlier this year. The Trans Mountain oil pipeline in Ottawa was sold to the federal government after it became clear to Kinder Morgan that the same government could not guarantee that the project would go through.

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