11 November 2013 17:35 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and MarkWest Utica EMG have started the search for customers for a proposed pipeline to transport natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the northeast US shale formations to the Mont Belvieu hub in Texas, the companies announced on Monday.
The project will convert more than 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of pipeline that is currently transporting natural gas from Pennsylvania to Louisiana. The companies will add about 200 more miles of pipeline from Louisiana to a proposed Kinder Morgan/MarkWest Utica EMG joint venture fractionation facility with a third party that has existing facilities at Mont Belvieu.
The pipeline will have an initial capacity of 150,000 bbl/day, with the ability to expand up to 400,000 bbl/day with the addition of pump stations.
A binding open season for the pipeline began on Monday and ends on 20 December.
MarkWest Utica EMB is a joint venture between MarkWest Energy Partners and The Energy and Mineral Group (EMG).
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