UTOPIA ethane pipeline to run from Ohio to Ontario

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, the Texas-based pipeline giant, is proceeding with a new pipeline to carry ethane from Ohio’s Utica shale to Ontario.The company on Thursday announced the launch of a binding open season to solicit commitments for its previously announced Utica to Ontario Pipeline Access UTOPIA.It is designed to carry ethane and ethane-propane mixtures from the liquid-rich Utica shales in eastern Ohio.The 12-inch-in-diameter, 240-mile pipeline would run from Harrison County to Kinder Morgan’s Cochin Pipeline near Riga, Mich. From there, the liquids could be moved east to Windsor, Ontario.It would handle 50,000 barrels per day, growing to 75,000 barrels per day, said the Houston-based company.The liquids would be processed in Ohio before being transported via the new pipeline.The pipeline would be built and operated by Kinder Morgan Cochin.The pipeline could, pending commitments by drillers and federal approval, be in service by early 2018.

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