KM’s SECOND Binding Open Season for Utica/Marcellus NGL Pipeline

Last summer, in response to a reader’s query, MDN went nosing around to bring you the status of what had been called Kinder Morgan’s Y-Grade NGL pipeline from the Utica/Marcellus to the Gulf Coast. We found, at the time, the project is still very much alive (see Kinder Morgan Y-Grade NGL Pipeline from NE to SW Still Alive). We also learned at that time the name had been changed to be the Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline (UMTP) Project. Kinder Morgan’s plan is to repurpose nearly 1,000 miles of existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline, reversing the flow to go from north to south, and changing the hydrocarbons in the pipeline to be NGLs. As we pointed out in December, that has some of the anti-pipeline kooks in Kentucky all riled up (see KY Antis Now Opposing Kinder Morgan Y-Grade NGL Pipeline). Yesterday Kinder Morgan announced a binding open season to sign up shippers for UMTP (see the announcement below). But wait a minute! KM ran an binding open season in January/February 2014. Must be they had no (or few) takers then. Will they get enough customers the second time around?…

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