The Project is designed to provide pipeline transportation capacity to deliver new incremental production from the emerging Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale plays to growing and diverse markets in the Midwest, Southeast and Gulf Coast. The rapidly emerging Appalachian production area, including the Utica Shale play, has created new opportunities to increase supply diversity for growing domestic natural gas markets. The Utica Shale play is proving to hold impressive quantities of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids.
The Ohio Pipeline Energy Network (“OPEN”) Project will transport newly emerging natural gas supplies to markets. The project capacity is fully subscribed with long term agreements by four Appalachian producers.
The Project will transport supplies of Utica and Marcellus Shale gas via the mainline extension located in Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe Counties in Ohio, and the existing Texas Eastern system in western Pennsylvania in Zone M2 to delivery points at Egan Hub in Louisiana, and the eastern boundary of the Gillis, Louisiana compressor station.
Since December 2011, Texas Eastern has been contacting landowners and surveying the project areas. Texas Eastern notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of its intent to proceed with the project in June 2013. The FERC “pre-file” process was initiated to conduct a series of activities prior to filing the formal application for project approval. On June 21, 2013, the OPEN Project was assigned pre-file docket number PF13-15-000. In July 2013, Texas Eastern hosted Open House meetings in the areas of the proposed work. Landowners and community members were able to see maps and ask questions about the timing, scope, approval process, and impact of the project.
Texas Eastern submitted a formal application to the FERC on January 31, 2014, and was assigned docket number CP14-68-000. On August 22, 2014, FERC issued the environmental assessment for the OPEN Project. On December 2, 2014, FERC issued the OPEN Project Certificate order. On April 13, 2015, FERC issued the Notice to Proceed (NTP) with all construction activities associated with the OPEN Project.
The FERC exclusively authorizes the construction of new interstate natural gas facilities. FERC is also the lead federal agency responsible for conducting environmental reviews of interstate natural gas projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Visit FERC’s website at www.FERC.gov and enter the docket number to follow the project.
Construction is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2015, and the OPEN pipeline is slated to be in service by the fourth quarter of 2015.
For more information about the OPEN Project, please call our landowner hotline toll-free at 1.855.355.6736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.