Kinder Morgan to develop pipeline between Ohio and Ontario

December 17, 2013 By    

Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, signed a letter of intent with Nova Chemicals Corp. to develop a new products pipeline from the Utica shale. Under the agreement, Kinder Morgan Cochin will develop, construct, own and operate a 210-mile, 10-inch-diameter pipeline from multiple fractionation facilities in Harrison County, Ohio, to Kinder Morgan’s Cochin Pipeline near Riga, Mich., where the company will then move product via Cochin east to Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The proposed $300 million Kinder Morgan Utica To Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) would transport previously refined or fractionated natural gas liquids (NGLs), including ethane and propane. The pipeline is expected to have an initial capacity of 50,000 barrels per day (bpd), which, according to a press release, is expandable to more than 75,000 bpd.

A midyear 2017 in-service date is anticipated, pending Nova’s execution of a definitive agreement during the binding open season process and timely receipt of necessary permitting and regulatory approvals.

“This proposal will complement our existing transportation solutions for NGLs produced in the Utica, allowing producers to choose between mixed NGLs to the Gulf Coast or previously fractionated NGLs to nearby demand centers,” says Don Lindley, president of Kinder Morgan’s NGLs business development.

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