Kinder Morgan Holds Open Season For UTOPIA Project

October 2014, Vol. 241, No. 10

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. launched a binding open season Sept. 5 to solicit commitments for the Utica To Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) project, which will transport ethane and ethane-propane mixtures from the Utica shale area.

Under the UTOPIA project, Kinder Morgan Cochin will develop, construct, own and operate a 240-mile, 12-inch pipeline from Harrison County, OH to Kinder Morgan’s Cochin Pipeline near Riga, MI where the company would then move product eastward to Windsor, Ontario. UTOPIA would transport previously refined or fractionated NGLs, including ethane and propane, with an initial 50,000 bpd of capacity, which is expandable to over 75,000 bpd. The pipeline is expected to be in service by early 2018.

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