Chesapeake Energy Corp. and its two partners intend to build a 12-inch-in-diameter pipeline to connect the northern and southern portions of a $900 million natural gas processing complex in eastern Ohio.
That news emerged this week from a shale drilling conference and exposition in Pittsburgh, Pa.
From a map released, it appears that the the northern part of the complex will be built near Hanoverton in Columbiana County. The southern part of the facility appears to be at Scio in Harrison County.
Officials of the three companies involved have not identified where the facilities will be built.
Partnering with Chesapeake are two companies based in Houston, Texas: M3 Midstream and EV Energy Partners.
The new complex could begin operations by mid-2013.
Mike Stice, president of Chesapeake Midstream Development, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, said the potential for collecting methane, ethane, butane, propane, pentane and even oil make the Utica and Marcellus shale formations very attractive to companies like his.
"The diversity of the opportunities is where the strength lies," he said. "We find ourselves on the cusp of a breakthrough for natural gas and oil."
Frank Tsuru, president and chief executive officer of M3, said because the pressure of some of the gas stream coming out of the ground is so strong, some of the existing pipeline infrastructure must be rebuilt to handle it.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
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