Enterprise offers more Appalachia-to-Texas ethane capacity on new pipeline

Enterprise Products on Thursday began an open commitment period to determine additional shipper demand for capacity on its Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX Express) ethane pipeline.

The 1,230-mile system will deliver growing ethane production from the Marcellus/Utica Shale areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to Mont Belvieu, Texas, according to the company.

“While the long-term commitments we already have are more than sufficient to proceed with the development of ATEX Express pipeline, we continue to receive steady interest from other producers seeking long-term transportation capacity,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Enterprise’s general partner.

“We will use this open commitment period to determine market interest in executing additional binding, 15-year transportation agreements.”

The open commitment period began Thursday and will close on September 27.

The ATEX Express is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2014.

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