FERC Approves Pipeline to Move More Marcellus/Utica Gas to Chicago

In October 2014 Kinder Morgan ran an open season with an eye on expanding the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL) system in the Chicago area (see Kinder Morgan Plans Chicago Pipeline Expansion for Marcellus/Utica). The expanded NGPL system, called the Chicago Market Expansion Project, will bring new volumes of Marcellus and Utica Shale gas, heading west on the reversed Rockies Express Pipeline, to over 100 interconnects with Chicago-area local distribution companies, direct-connect power plants, industrial end users, interstate pipelines, and NGPL’s storage and highly liquid pooling points. Kinder originally thought they would beef up capacity by an extra 450,000 dekatherms per day. Somewhere along the way the project was scaled back to 238,000 Dth/d. The good news is that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just approved the project, which is on track to be completed by the end of this year. The expansion provides an important new market for Marcellus/Utica gas…

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