NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Pennant Midstream, LLC, announced the construction of a 12-inch, 38-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline, an approximately $60 million investment. The line will connect the Hickory Bend Cryogenic Processing Plant in New Middletown, Ohio, to the UEO Kensington facility near Kensington, Columbiana County and will have the capacity to initially deliver approximately 90,000 barrels a day. NiSource Midstream Services, LLC, operates Pennant Midstream, which is jointly owned by Harvest Pipeline (an affiliate of Hilcorp Energy Company) and NiSource Midstream Services.
“The construction of new infrastructure is critical to unlocking the potential of the Utica Shale play in Ohio,” said Jimmy D. Staton, Columbia Pipeline Group and NiSource Midstream Services CEO. “This partnership will not only provide a key link in that infrastructure, it will provide economic-related benefits for companies and residents of Ohio and the Appalachian Basin.” Steve Jacobs, President of Harvest Pipeline said, “We are delighted to be a part of this critical project in the development of the Utica Shale, particularly with our partners at NiSource Midstream Services, who have a proven track record in midstream operations. This project is an important milestone in advancing the development of the Utica Shale formation in Ohio.”
The construction of this line enhances the Pennant gathering and processing facility to become a full-service solution for providers in the northern Utica, offering access to wet gas gathering and processing, as well as residue gas and NGL takeaway to attractive market destinations. The pipeline is under construction and is expected to be completed by July 2014. The initial NGLs will be delivered to the UEO NGL pipeline originating in Columbiana County, Ohio, and transported via the existing UEO NGL infrastructure to the fractionator at UEO Harrison Hub in Harrison County, Ohio.
About NiSource Midstream Services-NiSource Midstream Services (NMS), part of the Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG), is a wholly-owned entity of NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI), a Fortune 500 energy utility company. NiSource Midstream Services was formed to provide specific natural gas producer services, including gathering, treatment, conditioning, processing and liquids handling with a focus on the Appalachian Basin. NiSource Midstream Services is focused on meeting the infrastructure needs of both conventional and shale gas producers in a cost-effective, safe and reliable manner.
About Harvest Pipeline Company-Harvest Pipeline Company is an affiliate of Hilcorp Energy Company that owns and operates midstream assets. Hilcorp, founded in 1989, is one of the largest privately-held independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States. Headquartered in Houston, TX, with over 1100 employees, Hilcorp has operations across the United States including the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, Northeast US and Alaska’s Cook Inlet.
About Columbia Pipeline Group-as units of NiSource Inc., the CPG companies also include Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Crossroads Pipeline, Central Kentucky Transmission and Hardy Storage. Combined with CPG’s operation of Millennium Pipeline Company, the CPG companies operate about 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline and 37 storage fields, delivering over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year. For more information about Columbia Pipeline Group, please visit www.columbiapipelinegroup.com. Connect with CPG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/columbiapipelinegroup.