Texas Company Plans Pipeline to Ship Utica Shale Gas to Gulf Coast

From Ohio.com

By Bob Downing

A Texas company wants to build a 76-mile pipeline extension to help move natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales to the Gulf Coast.

Texas Eastern Transmission LP said in a federal filing that it has agreements with four companies to transport natural gas.

The Ohio Pipeline Energy Network (OPEN) Project, would connect 30-inch pipe from Kensington in southern Columbiana County to an existing pipeline in Monroe County in eastern Ohio. The line would pass under Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe counties in eastern Ohio.

The project’s estimated price tag: $468 million.

Chesapeake Energy, CONSOL Energy, Total Gas & Power North America and Rice Energy have pledged to transport 550,000 dekatherms a day, Texas Eastern said in a 337-page filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

A dekatherm is equal to 970 cubic feet of natural gas, about the amount needed to meet the needs of an average gas-heated home for four days.

The gas would go to the Texas Eastern hub at Egan, La.

The new pipeline, with bidirectional flow under the plan, would mark a change in natural gas distribution in the United States.

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