Company suspends construction of NGL pipeline



A pipeline that would have taken natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to the U.S. Gulf Coast has been suspended, according to Tulsa-based Williams.

Williams, an energy infrastructure company, said today it would suspend investment in the proposed Bluegrass NGL pipeline, which would have transported liquids such as ethane and propane from the so-called wet gas regions of the shale plays in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

The project, a joint venture between Williams and Houston-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, is being nixed due to “an insufficient level” of commitments from natural gas producers in the region, Williams said in a statement.

“The company continues to engage in discussions with potential customers regarding the scale and timing of demand for services and the required firm contractual commitments that would support any future capital investments,” Williams added.

The project was formalized last year and would have gone into service in 2015.

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

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