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Unity Pipeline to carry diluent from Utica, Marcellus to Canada

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From the Columbua Pipeline Group on Monday:

- Open Season to Begin on November 4, 2013
- Targeted In-Service Date of Mid-2015

HOUSTON, Texas, November 4, 2013 – Unity Pipeline Company, LLC (Unity), a joint venture among Harvest Pipeline Company (Harvest); Somerset Gas Transmission Company, LLC (Somerset); and Crossroads Pipeline Company (Crossroads), part of NiSource’s Columbia Pipeline Group, today announced that it will begin a two-phase open season to elicit commitments from prospective shippers seeking transportation service on its proposed, approximately 380-mile diluent pipeline. Diluent is a liquid hydrocarbon used to dilute heavy oil to make it easier to transportDiluent is a liquid hydrocarbon used to dilute heavy oil to make it easier to transportDiluent is a liquid hydrocarbon used to dilute heavy oil to make it easier to transportPhase One, a non-binding open season, will provide prospective shippers an opportunity to quantify their interest in the Unity Pipeline, which will carry condensate and natural gasoline to serve markets in Canada. Phase Two, a binding open season, will provide prospective shippers the opportunity to submit offers for firm, long-term transportation service and will be held at a to be determined time period in 2014.

Phase One of Unity’s open season will begin at 9 a.m. CST on November 4, 2013, and conclude at 12:00 p.m. CST on December 20, 2013.

About the Unity Pipeline Project
Utilizing new and existing infrastructure, the Unity Pipeline Project will connect a new source of diluentDiluent is a liquid hydrocarbon used to dilute heavy oil to make it easier to transport supply from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to ever-increasing demand in Western Canada.

Following sufficient producer interest resulting from the open season periods, the projected pipeline will consist of a new 12-inch pipeline from Kensington, Ohio, to connect to Somerset’s existing North Coast Pipeline originating at Mantua, Ohio. The pipeline will further connect to the Crossroads Pipeline at Cygnet, Ohio, and ultimately will terminate in Griffith, Indiana, at an interconnection with Explorer Pipeline. The North Coast and Crossroads pipeline systems, which currently transport natural gas flowing west to east, will be reversed and converted from natural gas transportation service to diluent transportation service.

In addition to the diluent mainline, a new gathering system will also be constructed to gather diluent products from the Marcellus and Utica regions. This system will deliver light condensate and natural gasoline to an interconnection with Unity Pipeline in Kensington, Ohio.

“The Unity Project will provide the rapidly growing Canadian market with the most cost-effective access to light condensate and natural gasoline from both the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays,” said Steve Jacobs, president of Harvest Pipeline. “This open season is in response to the significant interest expressed by producers in the U.S. and Canada.”

While prospective shippers are encouraged to obtain the documents from, the open season documents are also available by contacting:

Joseph Frost, Assistant General Counsel
Hilcorp Energy Company
1201 Louisiana Street, Suite 1400
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone (713) 289-2737
Facsimile (713) 289-2650

About Columbia Pipeline Group
As units of NiSource Inc., the CPG companies include Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Crossroads Pipeline, Central Kentucky Transmission and Hardy Storage. Combined with CPG’s operation of Millennium Pipeline Company, the CPG companies operate about 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline and 37 storage fields, delivering over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year. For more information about Columbia Pipeline Group, please visit Connect with CPG on Facebook at

About Harvest Pipeline Company
Harvest Pipeline Company is an affiliate of Hilcorp Energy Company that owns and operates midstream assets. Hilcorp, founded in 1989, is one of the largest privately-held independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States. Headquartered in Houston, TX, with over 1100 employees, Hilcorp has operations across the United States including the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, Northeast US and Alaska’s Cook Inlet.

About Somerset Gas Transmission Company
Somerset Gas Transmission Company, LLC, is a privately-held enterprise engaged in the development and operation of natural gas pipelines serving wholesale markets in the U.S. Somerset 's primary operating asset is its wholly owned affiliate, North Coast Gas Transmission. North Coast is an Ohio intrastate pipeline serving local distribution companies and end-users in northern Ohio and operated under the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio. Somerset is working with markets, producers, local distribution companies and end-users to develop new infrastructure to serve the growing demand for natural gas. The company is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and has been established since 1997.



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