Bob Downing

A Colorado energy company announced that it is enlarging a natural-gas processing facility in Ohio’s Noble County.

The announcement came Thursday from MarkWest Utica EMG LLC, a joint venture between MarkWest Energy Partners LP and the Energy and Minerals Group (EMG).

Plans call for a third cryogenic gas processing plant at the Seneca complex to handle up to 200 million cubic feet per day, mostly from wells drilled by Antero Resources and Gulfport Energy in the southern part of Ohio’s Utica shale.

The Seneca facility will now be capable of handling up to 600 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

The first two Seneca plants are scheduled to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2013. The newest plant is slated to begin operations in the early second quarter 2014.

MarkWest Utica EMG is also developing the Cadiz complex in Harrison County, which is anchored by Gulfport.

The cryogenic plant began operations in the last two weeks. It can handle 125 million cubic feet per day. That’s in addition to a refrigeration unit that handles 60 million cubic feet.

An addition capable of handling 200 million cubic feet of capacity is under construction and due to be completed in mid-2014.

“We are very excited to be developing premier midstream solutions in the southern core of the Utica shale for successful and proven operators such as Antero and Gulfport,” said Frank Semple, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MarkWest.

“Together with our joint venture partner EMG, we are committed to providing our producer customers with fully integrated midstream infrastructure and award winning customer service in one of America’s most exciting emerging resource plays.”

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or by email at bdowning@thebeaconjournal.com