KMI extends open season for $4-billion UMTP project

Kinder Morgan Inc. has extended its binding open season to continue seeking commitments for the proposed $4-billion Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline (UMTP) project. Originally scheduled to end Sept. 15, the open season will now end Dec. 15.

The project would transport natural gas liquids and condensate produced from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays to delivery points along the Texas Gulf Coast, including connectivity to a KMI dock along the Houston Ship Channel. Shipments of propane, butanes, natural gasoline, y-grade, and condensate will be transported in batches along the system at a maximum design capacity of 430,000 b/d.

The project would involve the abandonment and conversion of 964 miles of natural gas service on KMI’s existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline, the construction of 200 miles of pipeline from Louisiana to Texas, storage in Ohio, and 120 miles of laterals to provide basin connectivity.

Subject to shipper commitments and timely regulatory approvals, the pipeline will be in service by fourth-quarter 2018.

“We continue to receive strong interest from shippers for this opportunity to transport products from the Utica and Marcellus basins to the Gulf Coast,” said Don Lindley, president of KMI’s natural gas liquids products pipelines. “This extension allows Kinder Morgan to align our transportation solution with shipper interests based on the feedback we’ve received on the project.”

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