El Paso announced an open season this week to see if operators in the Marcellus would be interested in a pipeline to move ethane in the play. The non-binding open season will be from August 9th to September 10th and if enough interest is drum up they will hold a binding open season in October. The Marcellus Ethane Pipeline System, or MEPS, will transfer up to 60,000 barrels of ethane a day from fractionation plants in Marcellus areas that are abundant with ethane to third-party ethane pipelines and storage facilities in Baton Rouge, LA area. The proposed pipeline will be made up of new and existing pipeline that would be acquired by El Paso’s subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, that would be converted to facilitate ethane transportation.
To learn more visit the Marcellus El Paso Midstream Folder in the Unconventional Updates in DI’s DNA.
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