Natural Gas Gathering System, Processing, Fractionation and Product Marketing Coming to Ohio


By Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

MarkWest Utica EMG LLC, a joint venture of MarkWest Energy Partners LP and Energy & Minerals Group, signed a letter of intent with Gulfport Energy Corp. to provide gathering, processing, fractionation, and marketing services in the liquids-rich southern corridor of the Utica shale.

MarkWest Utica will develop a natural gas gathering system with Gulfport and other producers, primarily in Harrison, Guernsey, and Belmont counties in Ohio. The companies expect the gathering system to come online later this year.

MarkWest Utica will process the gas at its 200-MMcfd Harrison County processing complex, expected to enter service mid-2013, and will provide NGL fractionation and marketing services at the Harrison County fractionator, where NGL purity products will be marketed by truck, rail, and pipeline.

MarkWest last month announced two new processing plants in Harrison and Monroe counties and the 100,000 b/d fractionation, storage, and marketing facility in Harrison County (OGJ Online, Feb. 1, 2012).

NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage’s Midstream Services last week announced plans to build a roughly 90-mile, large-diameter natural gas gathering system extending through Ohio’s Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, and Monroe counties (OGJ Online, Mar. 2, 2012).

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One response to “Natural Gas Gathering System, Processing, Fractionation and Product Marketing Coming to Ohio

  1. There is a lot of business emerging and increasing big corporate interest in parts of the Marcellus and Utica shales. Royal Dutch Shell is reported to be interested in building a billion dollar ethane cracking plant somewhere in PA, OH, or WV. The plant will make plastics out of wet gas derivatives, as I understand it. Anadarko, Exxon Mobile (through XTO Energy, Inc.), and Chevron are also said to be buying up acreage in some of the Ohio parts of the Utica. And Chesapeake already has dozens of leases in Ohio, mostly in Carroll County.

    We still don’t know if Cunningham or other corporations will sign off on leases in Athens. One thing seems clear. There are a growing number of corporations buying up leases, planning chemical processing complexes, or, as the article indicates, looking into building pipelines from Ohio to D.C. and perhaps other spots on the East Coast.

    All of this is taking place amidst an intensifying international competition involving private and government energy companies for the remaining unconventional and richest sources of gas and oil. Significant quantities of water and energy will be utilized in the mining of this gas and oil shale and in the complex facilities they require. The commitment to fossil fuels is wreaking havoc with ecological systems and especially the earth’s climate.

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