As the oil and gas industry continues to boom in Ohio, there are an increasing number of infrastructure development projects being considered as well. Among those is the Bluegrass Pipeline project running through southern Ohio.
On March 6, 2013, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP announced that they are forming a joint venture to develop the pipeline project to transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to the Gulf Coast. The proposed “Bluegrass Pipeline” will be designed to initially transport up to 200,000 barrels per day of mixed natural gas liquids produced in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. By adding additional liquids pumping capacity, the proposed pipeline could be increased to 400,000 barrels per day. By combining new construction, with an existing pipeline interconnect in Kentucky, the goal of Bluegrass Pipeline is to be up and running in the second half of 2015. In order to meet this ambitious in service date, pipeline right of way land acquisitions will need to be initiated in 2013.