Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP have executed a joint venture agreement to continue the development process of Bluegrass Pipeline, a project that would transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to the rapidly expanding petrochemical and export complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Demand for NGLs by agriculture, petrochemical and plastics industries, as well as for refining and home heating, is growing due to the abundance of lower-cost natural gas feedstock from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.
By combining new construction with an existing pipeline, we believe the Bluegrass Pipeline will have a significantly reduced construction footprint and will be placed into service sooner than other options.
As proposed, the Bluegrass Pipeline would include the following:
- Constructing a new NGL pipeline from producing areas in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio to an interconnect with Boardwalk’s Texas Gas Transmission, LLC system (Texas Gas) in Hardinsburg, Ky.;
- Converting a portion of Texas Gas from Hardinsburg, Ky., to Eunice, La., (the “TGT Loop Line”) from natural gas service to NGL service, including construction of new pump stations and related facilities.
(Click here to see maps of the proposed & existing pipelines.)
In developing the primary proposed route, project engineers attempt to balance environmental and landowner considerations with the engineering requirements for safely constructing a natural gas pipeline. These factors include geography, environmental concerns, collocation with other linear development and constructability.
The route for Bluegrass Pipeline is currently being developed. Our goal is to maximize opportunities to co-locate with existing corridors, while avoiding watersheds and aqueduct tunnels. Once defined, the proposed route will avoid populated areas where possible, while minimizing impacts to wetland, riparian and other high value wildlife habitat areas. It will also minimize river and stream crossings to reduce environmental impact.
By combining new construction with an existing pipeline, Williams and Boardwalk believe that the Bluegrass Pipeline should be placed into service and begin serving customers sooner than other options. Williams and Boardwalk are engaged in comprehensive project development planning including permitting, public consultation and right-of-way acquisition. Williams and Boardwalk expect that the planned project should be placed into service in in mid-to-late 2016.
Completion of this project is subject to all necessary or required approvals, elections, and actions, as well as execution of formal customer commitments.
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- National Park Service
- U.S Fish and Wildlife Service
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
- Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
- West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
- West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
- West Virginia Division of Culture and History
- Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
- Ohio State Historical Preservation Office
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources
- Ohio Department of Transportation
- Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection
- Kentucky Historical Commission
- Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
- Kentucky Department of Parks
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Ohio: Bluegrass Pipeline Awards More than $160,000 in New Grants
Bluegrass Pipeline announced today it has awarded grants totaling more than $160,000 to 43 organizations in Ohio and Kentucky to fund projects that directly benefit counties traversed by the pipeline project. These grants are in addition to those awarded earlier this year. During the second cycle of the Bluegrass Pipeline Community Grant Program, grants were […]
Kentucky: Bluegrass Pipeline Awards More than $160,000 in New Grants
Bluegrass Pipeline announced today it has awarded grants totaling more than $160,000 to 43 organizations in Kentucky and Ohio to fund projects that directly benefit counties traversed by the pipeline project.