New Castle News

October 31, 2013

Two pipelines coming through, heading south

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Two natural gas pipelines to be built through Lawrence County will head south to other states.

Sunoco has plans to build a 12-inch, 74-mile Allegheny Access pipeline that will pass through Little Beaver Township, then go southeast through Darlington and South Beaver and Brighton townships in Beaver County. The line will end at Vanport at the Beaver River’s edge, near Bridgewater.

According to a Sunoco fact sheet posted at www.shelbytwp.org, the line is a petroleum products pipeline to deliver refined products from the Midwest to eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

The pipeline will have an initial capacity to transport up to 85,000 barrels of refined products per day and is to be operational next year.

The Bluegrass pipeline project, being undertaken by the Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline partners, includes construction of new line from producing areas in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to an interconnect with Boardwalk’s Texas Gas Transmission system (Texas Gas) in Hardinsburg, Ky.

The line will originate in the Grove City area and go southwest through the Wilmington/Pulaski township areas, through North Beaver Township and into Ohio, a tip of Mahoning County, southwest through Ohio into Kentucky.

The gas liquids pipeline is designed to connect supply from the Marcellus and Utica shale gas areas in the northeastern United States to growing petrochemical and export markets in the Gulf Coast, according to the project’s online site, www.bluegrasspipeline.com.

“We’re in early stages,” Sara Delgado, communications specialist with Williams Pipeline, said of the local Bluegrass project.

“Right now we’re getting survey permissions from landowners to look at water bodies, wetlands, cultural resources and the constructabitlity of a pipeline.”

She noted the pipeline maps for this area are tentative, because the company is still acquiring easements and working with individual landowners and negotiating for a 50-foot-wide permanent easement.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead agency for the project and works in hand with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and related state natural resource departments, she said.

The project is in the early permitting phase.

“There’s a lot of permitting to be done,” Delgado said. “We hope to get the application to the Army Corps of Engineers toward the end of this year.”

The project is to be completed and be in service by late 2015.

The Bluegrass Pipelilne also will connect the natural gas liquids supply with the developing petrochemical market in the Northeast, according to online information at www.bluegrasspipeline.com.

The first phase will provide producers with 200,000 barrels per day of mixed natural gas liquids take-away capacity in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Phase two will increase capacity to 400,000 barrels per day to meet market demand, primarily by adding additional liquids pumping capacity, according to the company’s fact sheet.

The pipeline will deliver mixed liquid gas from these producing areas to new fractionation and storage facilities, providing connectivity to petrochemical facilities and product pipelines along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas, according to the fact sheet.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)