Last August, Texas-based KinderMorgan and two partners announced plans for a natural gas processing plant in southern Tuscarawas County plus a natural gas liquids pipeline from Ohio to the Gulf Coast.
Those plans are still progressing, company officials said in a recent financial update.
On the Oct. 16 call, COO Steve Kean said that the company is still working on commitments for the pipeline shipments and has not yet added it to the company’s backlog.
The company said that despite the fact that since the plan was announced an additional liquefied petroleum gas dock had been announced and a marine export terminal expansion has gone into service, the company officials were still confident that there would be sufficient demand the continue with the plans.
“We’ll only do it if we have the commitments, and so far we’re seeing a lot of customer interest,” CEO Richard Kinder explained.
Kean said he was seeing enough of an incentive for the first part of the project to continue to move ahead.
“There appears to be a lot of demand for additional processing capacity, and we expect there will be even more as the producers get a handle on the composition of their Utica volumes as it comes out of the ground,” he said.
Officials said the first phase of the processing could open in late 2014, the pipeline in late 2015.
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