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UPDATE: MarkWest Announces Its Plans For Harrison County

UPDATE (5/31/12, 10:00 am ET):  MarkWest has come a long way since they announced their plans to build natural gas processing facilities in Cadiz last August. MarkWest has been processing 60 million cubic feet of gas per day (Mmcf/d), removing the wet gas components of ethane, butane, propane and pentane since late last year from their temporary facility. Just this month, MarkWest completed their Cadiz I facility and commenced operations of their 125 Mmcf/d cryogenic processing plant.  With the completion of Cadiz I, MarkWest will now be able to process more of the liquids rich gas coming from customers like Gulfport, Antero, PDC and Rex Energy.

MarkWest and their joint venture partner EMG are now in the process of building Cadiz II processing plant at their Cadiz complex.  The Cadiz II plant will be able to process an additional 200 Mmcf/d, and should be completed by mid 2014.  When complete, the Cadiz complex will increase its processing capacity to 325 Mmcf/d.

Further south in Noble County, MarkWest is hard at work building an additional complex: the Seneca complex.  Already in construction are the Seneca I and Seneca II gas processing plants, which both are capable of processing 200 Mmcf/d. Seneca is on pace to begin operations early in the fourth quarter of this year. MarkWest is also currently in the process of constructing of an additional 200 Mmcf/d facility, called the Seneca II, which is also scheduled to be installed later this year.

Also just announced are plans to build a third 200Mmcf/d cryogenic gas processing facility at its Seneca processing complex in Noble County to support the growing production in the southern core of the Utica Shale.

Since their open house last August in Cadiz, MarkWest has been quite busy constructing processing plants in both Harrison and Noble Counties in preparation for the influx of Utica Shale development proposed in the coming years.  As development continues, it will be interesting to see how much more MarkWest will continue to expand to meet the needs of their customers.

—Original post from August 18, 2012—

In front of crowd of over 150 Harrison County residents and officials MarkWest hosted a meet and greet at the Sally Buffalo Park in Cadiz, Ohio.  The purpose of the event was to announce MarkWest’s plans for Utica Shale development in eastern Ohio.  The crowd was given a company overview by Chief Operating Officer John Mollenkopf and Cadiz Mayor Ken Zipka and County Commissioner Bill Host discussed the positive working relationship MarkWest provided when establishing Harrison County as their base of operations for Utica development.

The crowd was very interested in what Mr. Mollenkopf had to say as they know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Utica Shale development for their county.  As I reported earlier, Harrison County is home to the 2 largest Utica wells in the state of Ohio.

MarkWest’s plans for Ohio are quite impressive.  The company is investing over 500 million dollars in eastern Ohio to develop natural gas gathering infrastructure and processing plants that will provide high paying construction, engineering and plant jobs for Ohio residents.

“We have an incredible amount of investment that is going to go into particularly Harrison County, Noble County, this entire area where the Utica Shale is very productive.  Right across the way in the industrial park, you may have seen some of our construction activities where we are building our Cadiz gas plants.  Those plants will be coming online here very shortly in the next several months.” – Chief Operating Officer John Mollenkopf

This is great news for everyone in eastern Ohio, especially the residents in Harrison County.  Following Mr. Mollenkopf , Cadiz Mayor Ken Zipka addressed the crowd discussing the importance of this investment for Harrison County.

“As I stated back in March at the opening of the MarkWest’s offices, this is an exciting time for Cadiz and the tri-state area.  At this time, we are still in the infancy stages of the oil and gas play.  Although there have been several wells drilled there is still much infrastructure work to be completed.  Gas processing is a very important part of this industry and MarkWest is the main contributor with the construction of the new plant just across the way.  The village of Cadiz is very proud to home to this plant.  It has been a pleasure to deal with all of the people from MarkWest and we are looking forward to a solid partnership with them and all of the other companies associated with the industry.”- Cadiz Mayor Ken Zipka

The first phase of development for MarkWest is to develop an infrastructure of gathering lines through out Harrison, Guernsey, Noble and Belmont Counties which will be completed in 2012.  The processing and fractionation plants in both Harrison and Noble Counties should be completed by years end.

When the Cadiz plants are complete the facilities will be able to process over 325 million Mcf a day providing economic benefits and jobs for the region.  As announcements like these keep coming in, eastern will be at the forefront of helping Ohio regain its economic prosperity.


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