Partnership to bring pipeline from Marcellus, Utica shales to Gulf Coast

Oklahoma-based Williams and Houston-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners today announced a partnership in which the energy giants will pursue a joint venture to develop a major pipeline project to connect the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to an export complex on the Gulf Coast.

The proposed “Bluegrass Pipeline” design would provide producers with 200,000 barrels per day of mixed natural-gas liquids take-away capacity in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The proposed pipeline could be increased to 400,000 barrels per day to meet market demand.

The pipeline will deliver mixed natural-gas liquids from these producing areas to proposed new fractionation and storage facilities, which would have connectivity to petrochemical facilities and product pipelines along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.

By combining new construction with a current pipeline, Williams and Boardwalk believe the Bluegrass Pipeline can be placed into service and begin serving customers sooner than other options, says the companies' joint press release.

Williams and Boardwalk expect to sanction the project this year and place the planned project into service in the second half of 2015 assuming all necessary conditions are met.

The costs of the project are still being estimated, according to the companies.

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