Texas Eastern To Develop Ohio Pipeline Energy Network Project

January 2012, Vol. 239 No. 1

Spectra Energy Corp.’s Texas Eastern Transmission, American Electric Power and Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc. plan to develop the Ohio Pipeline Energy Network (OPEN) project, a proposed expansion of the Texas Eastern pipeline system that will connect Ohio’s Utica and Marcellus shale gas supplies with the fast-growing markets attached to the Texas Eastern system, in particular natural gas-fired power generation.

The project will involve 70 miles of new pipeline and create an additional 1 Bcf/d of transportation capacity to serve LDCs, industrial users and gas-fired power generators in the Ohio market, as well as markets along the Texas Eastern system.
A binding open season for the OPEN project is planned shortly with the projected in-service slated for November 2014.