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Mariner East 2 NGL pipeline startup expected November 1: filing

Houston — The long-awaited Mariner East 2 pipeline is expected to start service "on or about November 1," according to an Energy Transfer Partners tariff filing with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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ETP's filing, dated October 19, amends the tariff on its Sunoco Pipeline affiliate's Mariner East 1 and 2 pipelines carrying NGLs from the Utica/Marcellus shale plays to its Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, terminal for export.

The existing 70,000 b/d Mariner East 1 line transports ethane and propane from Houston, Pennsylvania, to Marcus Hook. Mariner East 2, which has a nameplate capacity of 275,000 b/d, will move propane and butane from Scio, Ohio, through Houston, Pennsylvania, to Marcus Hook.

Under the new tariff, uncommitted shippers for propane, butane and C3+ will pay 1 cent/b less than committed shippers, with both paying somewhere around 9 cents/gal. C3+ is a mix of LPGs.

The relatively low uncommitted rates suggest Sunoco could be trying to capture some market share, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.

--Andrea Salazar, andrea.salazar@spglobal.com

--Edited by Keiron Greenhalgh, keiron.greenhalgh@spglobal.com