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Construction of New Pipeline to Texas

Pipeline to transport ethane to Texas.

Sections of a 20-inch pipeline are scattered all around Batesville, Indiana. Ultimately the finished line will carry a liquid across the country. The 1,230-mile Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX) Express Pipeline is designed to facilitate development of this quickly growing resource by providing takeaway capacity for ethane from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Texas Gulf Coast petrochemical market.

The ATEX pipeline’s northern portion will involve the construction of 369 miles of pipeline from Washington County, Pa., and through Batesville to Seymour, where it will connect with an existing pipeline owned by Enterprise Liquids Pipeline LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners LP, Houston, Texas.

That pipeline, which currently transports refined products from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest, will be placed into ethane service and the flow direction will be reversed. At its southern terminus, ATEX will have access to a new 55-mile pipeline to be built by Enterprise Products that will extend from Beaumont, Texas, to the company’s NGL storage complex at Mont Belvieu, Texas, according to the Web site.

The pipeline’s route was determined by professional survey teams and pipeline engineers, and was designed to minimize the impact on landowners, the environment, historical areas and communities through which it will pass. Wherever practical, ATEX parallels existing pipelines.

The timetable: landowner outreach and field surveys, October 2011-July 2012; route selection and preparation of permit applications, September 2011-September 2012; final U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit review and approval, July-September 2012; start of construction, April 2013; final cleanup and land restoration, November 2013-January 2014.

Pipeline Summit Resources, Cincinnati, has helped with land acquisition, reported consultant Donna Cardwell. The contractor is www.precisionpipelinellc.com Eau Claire, Wis., said Batesville Water & Gas Utility comptroller Doug Browne.

Work should be finished in the Batesville area around November, according to Rainey. ATEX Express, built at an undisclosed price, is scheduled to be in-service during the first quarter of 2014.

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The proposed pipeline expansion holds a great deal of promise for all involved. The project is highly complex by joining multiple existing pipeline sections. The company is making a large investment that will require expert cathodic protection to secure continued profit. Technology such as linear SPL anodes could make a huge impact for this pipeline.

SOURCE: http://batesvilleheraldtribune.com/local/x1084947374/Pipeline-to-transport-ethane-to-Texas

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Natural gas pipeline planned east of Calhan, CO

A planned 435-mile pipeline that will carry natural gas liquids from northern Colorado to Texas will cut through eastern El Paso County.

Construction of the pipeline, which will cross underneath Highway 24 about five miles east of Calhan, is expected to begin in the second quarter of next year and be completed by the end of 2013. The gas line will originate near Greeley and end close to Skellytown, Texas, near Amarillo. From there, the various natural gas liquids will be separated and used to supply homes and businesses with propane and other products, or sent overseas.

Natural gas liquids are byproducts of natural gas when split into separate products.

Byproducts include ethane, butane propane and natural gasoline, said Rick Rainey, vice president of public relations for Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners. He said a large portion of the natural gas liquids transported through the pipeline will come from around Denver International Airport.

The pipeline is being constructed by Front Range Pipeline, a company owned by Enterprise Products, Anadarko Petroleum and DCP Midstream. Each owns a third of the pipeline, Rainey said.

The pipeline will run through right-of-ways purchased from private landowners or the federal Bureau of Land Management, Rainey said. The company has contacted all of the affected property owners from Colorado to Texas and has contracted with about two-thirds of them, he said. Rainey did not know how many Colorado property owners had signed contracts.

Building the pipeline could create more than 2,000 jobs from Colorado to Texas during the construction period, Rainey said. He did not know how many of those jobs would be in the Colorado Springs area because Front Range has not completed contracting with construction companies.

The pipeline’s construction also will add dollars to the local economy through the contracting of local suppliers, hotels, restaurant, vehicle repairs and fuel purchases, Rainey said. Once the pipeline is finished, Front Range must pay property taxes to El Paso and other counties.

The 12-to-16-inch pipeline is expected to transport 150,000 barrels of natural gas liquids a day initially  and can be expanded to 230,000 barrels per day. Some of the liquids could be shipped overseas after reaching Texas.

“The U.S. is a global competitor in the propane market,” Rainey said, “and the supplies for propane exist in good portions in Colorado, so there is that need to get it to the Gulf Coast.”

Front Range hopes to build the majority of the pipeline, which will be buried, parallel to existing transportation routes and not in “undisturbed areas of wilderness,” Rainey said. He declined to state the project’s cost.

Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/pipeline-148561-gas-natural.html#ixzz2FVfacbqq