There is another pipeline planned and under construction in Ohio to transport liquids from the Utica shale: the Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX) Express Pipeline.
The 1,230-mile is being built by Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners L.P.
It is scheduled to begin service in the first quarter of 2014 to carry ethane from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to near Houston, Texas.
It would include 369 miles of new 20-inch-in-diameter pipeline from Washington County, Pa., across central and southern Ohio to Seymour, Ind.
It would then connect to an existing Enterprise pipeline that runs 861 miles through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas,
That 16-inch-in-diameter pipeline would, in effect, be reversed. It now bring refined product from the Gulf Coast to Indiana.
An additional 55 miles of new pipeline would extend from Beaumont, Texas, to Mont Belvieu, Texas, and its natural gas liquid storage complex.
ATEX would run 264.61 miles across 13 Ohio counties: Jefferson, Harrison, Tuscararawas, Coshocton, Muskingum, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette, Greene,, Clinton, Warren and Butler.
The pipeline could transport up to 190,000 barrels per day of ethane, a liquid from natural gas drilling, to Gulf Coast chemical companies. Ethane is a key element in plastics.
Propane might also be added to the pipeline in 2015, under one proposal being studied by Enterprise.
Construction of the pipeline is expected to create 4,000 jobs.
Enterprise had announced in early 2012 that it had sufficient transportation commitments to proceed on the ATEX Express.
For more information, go to www.atexexpresspipeline.com.
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