A facility to separate natural gas liquids from Ohio’s Utica shale in Harrison County is growing again.
The Hopedale fractionation facility at Jewett will grow to handle 120,000 barrels per day, said Colorado-based MarkWest Energy Partners and the Texas-based Energy & Minerals Group in an announcement.
The plant currently handles 60,000 barrels per day.
The new addition is expected to be in operation in the first quarter 2015, the companies said.
The expanded facility is possible because of what the companies called “new contracted commitments from numerous producer customers.”
The Hopedale complex is jointly owned by a subsidiary of MarkWest and MarkWest Utica EMG LLC, a joint venture between the partnership and EMG.
Once the Hopedale expansion is complete, MarkWest will operate 300,000 barrels per day of ethane and heavier fractionation capacity at four complexes in Ohio and surrounding states.
“Together with EMG, our expansion of fractionation capacity in Ohio is a resounding commitment to deliver exceptional midstream services and natural gas liquid (NGL) solutions in the Northeast,” said Frank Semple, chairman, president and CEO in a statement. “As Northeast NGL production continues to grow, in-basin fractionation will be essential to support the ongoing development plans of our producers in the Utica and Marcellus.”
The Jewett complex is one of two in Ohio for separating ethane, butane, propane and pure gasoline produced by Utica shale wells.
The other facility is at Scio in Harrison County and is operated by Texas-based Momentum Midstream. It handles about 90,000 barrels per day with additional capacity of 45,000 barrels under construction.
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