Denver-based MarkWest Energy Partners is continuing to expand its processing facilities for natural gas and liquids in Ohio’s Utica shale.
The company has announced seven major infrastructure projects including two new projects in Ohio.
That includes a 200 million cubic foot per day expansion at the gas-processing plant at Cadiz in Ohio’s Harrison County. Known as Cadiz III, the addition is scheduled to be completed in first quarter 2015. It will increase the capacity of Cadiz to 525 million cubic feet per day.
The Cadiz complex currently has 125 million cubic feet of day of capacity. That will grow to 325 million cubic feet per day in September with the addition of Cadiz II and will grow again with the completion of Cadiz III, says MarkWest Utica EMG, a partnership between MarkWest and the Texas-based Energy and Minerals Group.
The second project will expand the Hopedale fractionation complex in northern Harrison County.
The plant is handling 60,000 barrels per day and, with the expansion by the first quarter 2015, that will grow to 120,000 barrels per day in separating propane and other natural gas liquids.
In the Utica and Marcellus shales, MarkWest expects "this significant growth in gas volumes to continue for years to come as our producers develop their substantial acreage positions," said Frank M. Semple, the chairman, president and CEO of MarkWest Energy Partners.
He added the Utica and Marcellus shales are "performing beyond expectation from a producer standpoint and that’s driven by the quality and also the technology. So the midstream opportunities are almost unbelievable." There is a great deal of access to capital for the industry, he said.
His company has recently added a 40,000 barrel-per-day deethanization facility at the Cadiz complex to remove liquid ethane.
Also in the works is a new Ohio condensate stabilization in northern Harrison County. It is slated to open in the fourth quarter 2014 and will initially handle 23,000 barrels per day of oil.
MarkWest also completed an expansion of the Seneca III gas-processing plant in Noble County.The plant, anchored by Antero Resources, can handle 600 million cubic feet per day. Another addition will likely be on line in the second quarter 2015.
MarkWest is a major player in the Utica shale in Ohio and the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It processes about two thirds of the product from those areas at 10 processing complexes and serves about 14 drillers.
The company had a record second quarter 2014 with total system volume growing by 11 percent from the previous quarter and by 39 percent from a year earlier.
Its Utica volume of 294 million cubic feet per day was up 17 percent from the previous quarter and up 535 percent from the second quarter 2013.
It is projecting that its processed volumes will grow by 350 percent from 2013 to 2014 in the Utica shale.
Its Marcellus shale was 1.8 billion cubic feet per day and that grew by 11 percent from the previous quarter and by 76 percent from second quarter 2013.
MarkWest has six processing complexes in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
It has 19 major infrastructure projects under development, six of which will be completed in 2014. The company also operates in Texas and Oklahoma.
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