Texas-based midstream company Kinder Morgan has announced that it intends to add a second 12-inch petrol-carrying pipeline to its previously announced UTOPIA pipeline project.
The UTOPIA (Utica to Ontario Pipeline Access) consists of two pipelines UTOPIA East and UTOPIA West running side by side along a 240-mile route from Harrison County through southern Stark and Wayne counties to Fulton County in northwest Ohio.
The UTOPIA West would carry natural gasoline through existing pipelines to Illinois, then another 1,900 miles to Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The Utopia East system would transport previously refined or fractionated natural gas liquids, including ethane and ethane-propane mixtures to the NOVA Chemicals Corp. to be used as feedstock at its plant in Corunna, Ontario.
“This pipeline project supports NOVA Chemicals’ growth strategy—providing our Corunna, Ontario, facility with diversity of supply by accessing feedstock from new and existing producers in the growing Utica shale basin, in addition to our current feedstock supply,” Grant Thomson, president of Olefins and Feedstocks for NOVA Chemicals said in September 2014, at the time of the signing of the agreement.
UTOPIA would have an initial 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) of capacity, which is expandable to more than 75,000 bpd. The construction of the $500 million project is scheduled to commence in November 2016, with the pipelines beginning service in January 2018, according to a company fact sheet.
Kinder Morgan is the largest independent transporter of petroleum products in North America, transporting approximately 2.3 million barrels per day.
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