From Mark West Energy Partners today:



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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS



Marcellus:



•In November 2013, the Partnership announced an expansion of the Sherwood complex in Doddridge County, West Virginia to support Antero Resources Corporation’s (NYSE: AR) highly prospective rich-gas Marcellus Shale acreage. The Partnership will construct Sherwood V, a new 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) processing facility that is scheduled to begin operations in the third quarter of 2014.



• In November 2013, the Partnership completed Majorsville V, a 200 MMcf/d processing plant at the Majorsville complex in Marshall County, West Virginia. Majorsville V supports growing rich-gas production from Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), and Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) and increases the total processing capacity of the complex to 670 MMcf/d.



• In November 2013, the Partnership completed Sherwood III, a 200 MMcf/d processing plant at the Sherwood complex. Sherwood III supports Antero Resources Corporation and increases the total processing capacity of the complex to 600 MMcf/d.



• In December 2013, the Partnership completed Mobley III, a 200 MMcf/d processing plant at the Mobley complex in Wetzel County, West Virginia. Mobley III supports rapidly growing rich-gas production from EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) and Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: MHR) and increases the total processing capacity of the complex to 520 MMcf/d.



• In December 2013, the Partnership completed the 38,000 barrels per day (Bbl/d) de-ethanization unit at the Majorsville complex. The new de-ethanizer doubles the Partnership’s total purity ethane production capacity in the Marcellus Shale to 76,000 Bbl/d and provides producers with the ability to consistently meet residue gas quality specifications and deliver downstream ethane pipeline commitments.





 



•In December 2013, the Partnership completed the Liberty Ethane Pipeline. The Liberty Ethane Pipeline transports purity ethane produced at the Majorsville complex to the Houston complex in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Once delivered to the Houston complex, the purity ethane has direct access to multiple, major ethane takeaway projects including, Mariner West and ATEX, which began operations in December, and Mariner East, which is scheduled to come online for ethane service in 2015.



• In February 2014, the Partnership announced the development of a 40,000 Bbl/d de-ethanization facility at the Mobley complex. The Mobley de-ethanizer will support purity ethane production for EQT Corporation, Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation and other producers. The new facility is scheduled to begin operations during the third quarter of 2015.



Utica:



•In November 2013, MarkWest Utica EMG commenced operations at the Seneca complex in Noble County, Ohio. The Seneca complex currently consists of two cryogenic processing plants totaling 400 MMcf/d of capacity and is supported by long-term fee-based agreements with Antero Resources Corporation, Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR), Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: REXX), PDC Energy (NASDAQ: PDCE) and others.



• In December 2013, the Partnership and The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) executed definitive agreements with Gulfport Energy Corporation to provide condensate stabilization and logistics services in eastern Ohio. As part of these agreements, the Partnership and EMG formed Ohio Condensate Company, LLC, a new Joint Venture (JV) related to the development of industry-leading facilities and services to support the rapid growth of condensate production occurring in the Utica Shale. The JV will initially develop a 23,000 Bbl/d condensate stabilization facility in Harrison County, Ohio. The new facility is scheduled to commence operations in the third quarter of 2014 and will be co-located with condensate storage and logistics terminal, which will be constructed and operated by a subsidiary of Toledo International, Inc., Ohio-based Midwest Terminals.



• In January 2014, MarkWest Utica EMG and the Partnership completed construction and commenced operations of the jointly-owned Hopedale fractionation and marketing complex (Hopedale complex) in Harrison County, Ohio. The Hopedale complex consists of a 60,000 Bbl/d propane and heavier purity products (C3+) fractionator, over 230,000 barrels of purity product storage, a 24-bay rail car loading facility with slots to accommodate 200 rail cars, and truck loading and off loading facilities. The Hopedale complex is connected by NGL pipeline to MarkWest Utica EMG’s Cadiz processing complex in Harrison County, Ohio, to the Seneca processing complex in Noble County, Ohio and to its extensive NGL gathering network in the Marcellus Shale.



• In January 2014, the Partnership commenced operations of a NGL pipeline connecting the Hopedale fractionation and marketing complex to the Partnership’s industry-leading NGL infrastructure in the Marcellus Shale. By integrating two industry-leading midstream systems, the Partnership has expanded the fractionation capacity for its Marcellus producers.



• Today, MarkWest Utica EMG is announcing the expansion of the Seneca complex with a new 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) processing plant. The plant is anchored by a new agreement with Antero Resources Corporation supporting its expanding Utica development plans. The Seneca IV plant is scheduled to commence operations in the first quarter of 2015 and will expand total processing capacity of the complex to 800 MMcf/d.