Pipeline interest to be measured
Bluegrass Pipeline LLC is commencing a binding open season to determine industry interest in the proposed natural gas liquids pipeline. Bluegrass is a joint venture between Tulsa-based Williams and Houston's Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP. “We have seen significant interest from the producer community regarding the value that the Bluegrass Pipeline can offer the market,” said Jim Scheel, senior vice president of corporate strategic development at Williams. “We have been in discussion with many Utica and Marcellus Shale producers during the past year.” The first phase of the project would be a pipeline designed to provide takeaway capacity of 200,000 barrels a day in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. It would deliver natural gas liquids to proposed fractionation and storage facilities connected to petrochemical facilities and product pipelines along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.
OERB selects new controller
The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has chosen Hayley Kennon as its new controller. Kennon will handle all of OERB's accounting functions. “The industry voluntarily invests in the OERB, and we take that investment seriously,” OERB Executive Director Mindy Stitt said. “This controller position requires a great level of detail, and Hayley has the perfect set of skills to be successful in this role.” Kennon previously served as a staff accountant for Foundation Surgical Hospital Affiliates.
Spigelmyer to head coalition
Former Chesapeake Energy Corp. executive David Spigelmyer has been named president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. The coalition works with energy companies in the Appalachian Basin to address issues regarding natural gas production from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. “It is our collective responsibility to make certain that we continue to get this historic opportunity right, now and for generations to come, and we will deliver this message to stakeholders at all levels in a positive and fact-based manner,” Spigelmyer said. Spigelmyer most recently served as vice president of Chesapeake's Appalachia division. He also worked at EQT Corp. and Dominion Resources.
Atlas Pipeline to add capacity
Atlas Pipeline Partners LP intends to add gathering pipeline and processing capacity to accommodate producers in the emerging South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, the Philadelphia-based company announced Thursday. The processing capacity on Atlas' Velma system is being fully utilized, while the Arkoma system is hearing that point. Atlas plans to add $40 million in gathering infrastructure to meet its fixed fee arrangements with producers. It also will add 55 miles of pipeline between its southern Oklahoma processing systems, while expanding the capacity at one of its plants by 80 million cubic feet a day. That project is expected to cost about $80 million.