When it comes to building a new natural gas pipeline, it’s a loooooong process to get the route planned and approved. Once that’s done, depending on how long the pipeline is, it takes a fair bit of time to actually build it. We started telling you about a proposed new pipeline project from Spectra Energy back in December of 2011 called the Ohio Pipeline Energy Network, or OPEN (see Chesapeake Investing in New 70-Mile Ohio Pipeline). We brought you an update on this interesting project last August (see Spectra’s OH Pipeline Project Advances, Sept 20 Deadline w/FERC).
OPEN is an interesting project because it will build 76 miles of new pipeline that connects to the Texas Eastern Pipeline, and then reverses the flow on the Texas Eastern to carry Marcellus and Utica Shale gas from eastern Ohio to the Gulf Coast. The Texas Eastern will become a bi-directional pipeline, sometimes bringing gas north from the Gulf, other times sending it to the south to the Gulf. The new news about the OPEN project is this: Spectra Energy made their full, official filing with FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) last week seeking FERC’s blessing to go ahead build it starting the new pipeline in December of this year. Here’s the story as reported by Reuters: