Kinder Morgan Inc. has extended its current binding open season for its pipeline from the Utica and Marcellus shale region to the Texas Gulf Coast. The open season was scheduled to end Sept. 15, but will now run until Dec. 15 to allow the company to review shipper comments and interest received to date, as well as to continue seeking commitments for the proposed Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline (UMTP).
The project would transport natural gas liquids NGLs and condensate produced from the Utica and Marcellus basins to delivery points along the Gulf Coast, including connectivity to a Kinder Morgan dock located along the Houston Ship Channel.
“We continue to receive strong interest from shippers for this opportunity to transport products from the Utica and Marcellus basins to the Gulf Coast,” said Don Lindley, president of KMI’s Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Products Pipelines. “This extension allows Kinder Morgan to align our transportation solution with shipper interests based on the feedback we’ve received on the project.”
The proposed project would involve the abandonment and conversion of 964 miles of natural gas service on Kinder Morgan’s existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline, the construction of approximately 200 miles of new pipeline from Louisiana to Texas, new storage in Ohio and 120 miles of new laterals to provide basin connectivity.
The approximately $4 billion UMTP project will be designed to transport propane, butanes, natural gasoline, Y-grade and condensate in batches along the system, with a maximum design capacity of 430,000 barrels per day (bpd). Subject to shipper commitments and timely regulatory approvals, the pipeline will be in service by the fourth quarter of 2018.
For more information, visit the UMTP webpage at kindermorgan.com/pages/projects/umtp.