Enbridge Building a Pipeline from Southern PA Marcellus Shale to Chicago

Canadian oil and gas pipeline company Enbridge has announced plans to build a pipeline from the Marcellus Shale in Southern PA to the Chicago area.

From the Enbridge press release*:

Enbridge Inc. today announced it intends to develop a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline from the Marcellus Shale in Southern Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia to markets in the Midwestern United States.

The proposed pipeline is currently targeted to deliver into existing NGL infrastructure in the Chicago area including the Aux Sable facility which processes gas from Alliance pipeline and fractionates NGLs from various supply sources. Additional NGL fractionation capacity is available at the plant.

“The Chicago area has substantial markets to accommodate the large volumes of NGLs that are expected to be associated with future Marcellus production. Other NGL markets, including Ontario, can also be accessed from Chicago utilizing existing infrastructure. This proposed pipeline will provide an excellent long term solution for development of this promising play, as it will enable NGL production to grow unconstrained for many years,” said Stephen J.J. Letwin, Executive Vice President, Gas Transportation & International, Enbridge Inc.

“Enbridge has extensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of NGL fractionation, transportation and marketing. With this proposed pipeline, we are uniquely positioned to help Marcellus producers obtain greater value for their future NGL production” Mr. Letwin said.

Enbridge will develop, construct, own and operate the planned NGL pipeline. The Company is currently evaluating various routing and market alternatives and anticipates moving forward with an open season in the second quarter 2010.

*Enbridge (Mar 22) – Enbridge Announces Plans to Hold Open Season for Proposed Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline from Marcellus Shale to Chicago