Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP is holding a binding open season for its previously announced Utica To Ontario Pipeline Access (Utopia) project, which would transport ethane and ethane-propane mixtures from the Utica Shale. Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC would construct, own and operate a 240-mile, 12-inch diameter pipeline from Harrison County, OH, to Kinder Morgan’s Cochin Pipeline near Riga, MI, where the company would then move product eastward to Windsor, ON (see Shale Daily, Dec. 16, 2013). Utopia would transport previously refined or fractionated natural gas liquids (NGL), including ethane and propane, with an initial 50,000 b/d of capacity, which would be expandable to more than 75,000 b/d. Pending a successful open season and regulatory approvals, Utopia could be in service by early 2018. For information, visit or contact Karen Kabin at, (713) 369-9268.