06 March 2013 15:10 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners plan jointly to develop a pipeline project that will ship natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the Marcellus and ?xml:namespace>
The companies’ proposed “Bluegrass Pipeline” project would give Marcellus and
Bluegrass would have 200,000 bbl/day of mixed NGLs takeaway capacity, which could later be increased to 400,000 bbl/day.
The project would combine new construction with existing pipeline infrastructure, thus enabling it to come into service as early as the second half of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions, the companies said.
The NGLs would be supplied to proposed new fractionation and storage facilities, “which would have connectivity to petrochemical facilities and product pipelines along the coasts of
Bluegrass involves first building a new NGL pipeline from producing areas in
Second, Williams and Boardwalk plan to convert a portion of Texas Gas from Hardinsburg to
Third, the companies plan to build a new large-scale fractionation plant, expand NGL storage facilities in
"We are designing Bluegrass Pipeline to provide the [Marcellus and
“In turn, this will help producers in
Current NGL pipeline infrastructure constraints in the US northeast were slowing drilling and isolating liquids supplies from markets in the Gulf that are poised to grow substantially over the next five years, he added.
He predicted that, given the market dynamics in the northeast, existing liquids systems and local outlets will be overwhelmed by 2016. He also said that by 2020, total NGL volumes in the
The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline joint venture would support Williams' midstream assets in the region, offer an attractive return and enable Williams to become the premier NGL infrastructure provider, by economically linking the
Williams and Boardwalk are also exploring the development of a new export liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and related facilities on the
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