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Enterprise commits to expansion of ethane pipeline in US

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Enterprise Product Partners has decided to proceed with an expansion of its Appalachia to Texas (ATEX) ethane pipeline, after receiving customer commitments during a recent open season.

The 1,200-mile ATEX pipeline transports ethane from the Marcellus/Utica basin in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to Enterprise’s natural gas liquids storage facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

“The success of the open season reflects the demand for additional, reliable ethane takeaway capacity from the Appalachian region of the country,” said Michael Hanley, senior vice-president of pipelines and terminals for Enterprise’s general partner. “Our customers value flow assurance and reliability. 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.”

The ATEX currently has a capacity of 145,000 barrels per day; the expansion is set to increase capacity by 45,000 barrels per day, which will be achieved through improvements and modifications to existing infrastructure.

According to Enterprise, the new capacity will be available by 2022.