Enterprise extends shipper commitment period for Appalachia-Texas ethane pipeline

Enterprise Products is extending its open commitment period by two weeks to accommodate additional shipper demand on the partnership’s Appalachia-to-Texas pipeline (ATEX Express), the company said on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Enterprise said it had received sufficient commitments to move forward with development of the 1,230-mile ATEX Express pipeline, which will deliver growing ethane production from the Marcellus/Utica Shale areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the US Gulf coast.

“Since our announcement to proceed with development of the ATEX Express pipeline, we have received multiple inquires from producers seeking transportation capacity,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Enterprise’s general partner.

“We will use this extended open commitment period to execute additional binding, 15-year transportation agreements,” he added.

The open commitment period began Wednesday morning and will close on the afternoon of Monday, January 23.

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