Enterprise Products Partners will expand its Appalachia-to-Texas ethane pipeline based on customer commitments following a successful open season.
The 1,200-mile ATEX pipeline transports ethane from the Marcellus/Utica Basin of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to Enterprise's natural gas liquids storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
Michael 'Tug' Hanley, senior vice president, pipeline and terminals for Enterprise's general partner, says: 'The success of the open season reflects the demand for additional, reliable ethane takeaway capacity from the Appalachian region of the country. The expansion of ATEX will facilitate growing production from the Marcellus/Utica Basin and will provide access to attractive markets on the Gulf Coast through Enterprise's integrated midstream network.'
Enterprise is currently evaluating expansion alternatives to increase capacity of the current 145,000 barrels per day pipeline by 45,000 barrels per day. The incremental capacity is expected to be achieved through improvements and modifications to existing infrastructure. The incremental capacity will be available by 2022.