Enterprise Products Partners LP says it is moving forward with the construction of its Appalachia-to-Texas pipeline, also known as the ATEX Express, which will deliver ethane from the Marcellus/Utica Shale areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Gulf Coast.
The company says the ATEX Express, which will be more than 1,200 miles long, will have the capacity to transport up to 190,000 barrels per day from the Appalachian production areas to Enterprise's storage and distribution assets in Texas. Committed shipper transportation rates range between 14.5 cents per gallon and 15.5 cents per gallon.
The first leg of the system will involve the construction of approximately 595 miles of new pipeline extending from Washington County, Pa., to Cape Girardeau, Mo., where the new infrastructure will meet an existing Enterprise pipeline and ultimately extend to the organization's natural gas liquids storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
ATEX Express is expected to begin commercial operations in the first quarter of 2014, Enterprise adds.