Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners hopes to build 600 miles of pipeline that would take natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions to interconnections that would give the gas a pathway to more new markets.
An initial 400 miles of pipeline would “enable the flow of gas from processing plants and interconnections in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to points of interconnection with Energy Transfer’s existing Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line (PEPL) and another Midwest pipeline” near Defiance, Ohio, the company announced Wednesday, June 25.
Following that, it said it hopes to build an approximately 195-mile segment from the Defiance area through Michigan and ultimately to the Union Gas Dawn Hub near Sarnia, Canada, “providing producers with access to diverse markets and end-users in Michigan and Canada with access to Marcellus and Utica supplies.”
The company reported that its board of directors has approved the pipeline and that it already has secured long-term agreements with multiple shippers to transport their gas. In announcing the project, Energy Transfer said its three largest shippers on the project are Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy — Utica LLC, Antero Resources and Range Resources. American Energy and Antero Resources both have options to purchase non-operating equity interests in the project, according to Energy Transfer.