Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) said it had agreed to sell half its stake in an Ohio pipeline project in the Utica Shale to private equity firm Riverstone Investment Group LLC for an undisclosed amount.
Riverstone will make an upfront cash payment to Kinder Morgan, including reimbursement for 50% share of its previous capex on the $500 million project, the pipeline company said on June 28.
The private equity firm will also fund its share of future capex needed to complete the construction and commissioning of the pipeline.
Kinder Morgan shares rose 2.6% to $17.86 in morning trading.
Private equity funds around the world, with a cash pile of around $1 trillion, are looking to snap up oil and gas assets made cheaper by the drop in oil prices.
The Utopia Pipeline project, which stretches from Harrison County to Fulton County, has a capacity of 50,000 barrels per day and will become operational at the beginning of 2018.
The pipeline will connect to Kinder Morgan's existing infrastructure that transports ethane and ethane-propane mixtures from the Utica Shale to Ontario, Canada.
Credit Suisse was Houston-based Kinder Morgan’s financial adviser.