Utica Shale could soon get a boost.
Two major pipeline corporations and a large energy company are proposing a new 250-mile pipeline.
The pipeline would run across northern Ohio and would connect with existing transmission lines and storage facilities in Michigan and Canada. Such a project would link eastern Ohio’s shale gas fields to customers in Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, and possibly the Midwest.
The pipeline would be 30 to 36 inches in diameter depending on how many customers and producers sign agreements to use the line. At that size, the line would be capable of moving at least 1 billion cubic feet of gas a day.
The $1.5 billion pipeline is a joint project of of Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., Enbridge Inc. of Canada and Detroit-based DTE Energy.
The Partners have received expressions of interest for a significant level of firm capacity to anchor the project. An open season for the project is planned for fourth quarter 2012, with a targeted in-service as early as November 2015, depending on final market demand and commitments.