Texas-based TransCanada ANR Pipeline System has announced two open seasons to gauge market interest in securing capacity on the Lebanon Lateral in southwestern Ohio. That line will become bi-directional.

That connection will open up the Midwest and Gulf Coast markets for Marcellus and Utica shale producers, the company said last week.

The lateral runs from Lebanon, Ohio, into Indiana where  it connects with an existing line. That line extends from the Detroit area south to Patterson, La.

Reversing the Lebanon Lateral and adding the Glen Karn project will primarily use existing infrastructure, with needed modifications, to transport up to 750 Dth per day by November 1, 2015, the company said.

The Lebaon Lateral reversal is targeted for in-service by March 1, 2014, and will get natural gas from the Dominion Transmission Inc. interconnection at Lebanon, Ohio, and provide transportation to the ANR system.

The company said an unnamed anchor shipper has already subscribed to 100,000 Dth per day for 10 years.

ANR is soliciting bids for the remaining 250,000 Dth per day capacity.

The company said the reversal wil require new valves, yard piping and other anciliary facilities at Lebanon, Glen Karn in Darke County on the Ohio-Indiana line and  Sulphur Springs.

The Glen Karn project will provide transportation from the existing Texas Eastern interconnection at Glen Karn to the ANR system.

ANR is soliciting bids for 400,000 Dth per day.

The project may require a new compressor station at Glen Karn or perhaps modifications to an existing compressor at Sulphur Springs.

The Lebanon solicitation ends Oct. 22; the Glen Karn ends Oct. 23.