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Access Midstream plans to expand Utica Shale pipelines, processing

By Stephanie Ritenbaugh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Access Midstream Partners is planning to expand its Utica East Ohio (UEO) midstream service complex in eastern Ohio. The project is expected to increase UEO’s total capacity to 1 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) and allow for a processing capacity of more than 1.1 bcf/d, the Oklahoma City-based company said Monday.

Additional capacity is needed to meet new commitments from existing customers Chesapeake Energy Corp., Total Gas & Power North America, Enervest Ltd. and new customer, American Energy – Utica, LLC, an affiliate of American Energy Partners, the company said.

These new commitments are expected to increase UEO’s ultimate throughput by 70 percent over existing commitment levels, according to Access Midstream.

Related: Ohio’s Utica shale production up 28 percent for natural gas, 8 percent for oil in 4Q 2013

The UEO complex will provide gathering, compression and dehydration services for American Energy – Utica. The agreement includes a 145,000-acre area of mutual interest, installation of 50 miles of gathering pipeline and compression services.

The UEO expansion will include the construction of a second processing train at the Leesville, Ohio, facility and extension of an existing high-pressure pipeline from UEO’s Harrison Hub to Cardinal Gas Services’ Archer Compression Facility in Harrison County. Additional services also will be added at Harrison Hub, including downstream liquids interconnects and expanded propane and butane storage.

UEO is a joint venture owned 49 percent by Access Midstream, 30 percent by M3 Midstream and 21 percent by EV Energy Partners.


Stephanie Ritenbaugh: sritenbaugh@post-gazette.com or 412-263-4910

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