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Kinder Morgan eying Tuscarawas County for two Utica plants

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

Could Ohio be getting another natural gas processing and fractionation plant in the Utica shale?

No announcement has been made, but Kinder Morgan, the nation’s largest pipeline company, is eying Tuscarawas County for such facilities.

Texas-based Kinder Morgan is still looking at Tuscarawas County for such plants, but no decisions have been made, said company spokesman Richard Wheatley on Monday.

Last week, another company, EV Energy Partners, referenced the Kinder Morgan project during its fourth quarter and 2012 earnings call with analysts and the media.

Company executive chairman John B. Walker said the industry has invested $6 billion in Utica shale pipelines and processing plants in Ohio, prior to Kinder Morgan’s "recent announcement" on the two plants.

Wheatley, in a telephone call, denied that the company has made any announcements recently about the Tuscarawas County project.

Last spring, word of Kinder Morgan’s plans surfaced at a transmission conference in Washington, D.C.

That report indicated that Kinder Morgan wants to build a processing plant to handle up to 300 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, plus a fractionation plant to handle up to 48 million barrels of natural gas liquids per day.

The fractionation plant might later be expanded to 192 million barrels per day.

Such plants typically cost $300 million to $500 million each.

At present, five other natural gas processing plants have been proposed or are under construction eastern Ohio: in in Mahoning, Columbiana, Harrison (two plants) and Noble counties.

With 300 million cubic feet, the proposed Kinder Morgan facility would be the third largest gas processing plant in Ohio.

Tuscarawas County Commiassioners Kerry Metzger and Chris Abbuhl said they had no information on the company’s latest plans.

There were discussions more than two years ago about a possible processing plant in the Uhrichsville area, but the county has not heard anything lately, Metzger said.

Kinder Morgan is the largest midstream and the third largest energy company (based on combined enterprise value) in North America. It owns or operates 75,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals.

It has four publicly traded entities: Kinder Morgan, Inc. , Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (one of the largest publicly traded pipeline master limited partnerships in America), Kinder Morgan Management LLC and El Paso Pipeline Partners.

Combined, the Kinder Morgan companies have an enterprise value of approximately $100 billion.




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