MarkWest Energy Partners and The Energy & Minerals Group
(EMG) plan to add additional capacity at their Hopedale
fractionation and marketing complex in Harrison County, Ohio,
the companies announced on Thursday.
The move comes in order to meet growing natural gas liquids
(NGLs) production in the Utica and Marcellus Shale regions
under new contracted commitments from numerous producer
The Hopedale complex is jointly owned by a subsidiary of
MarkWest and MarkWest Utica EMG, a joint venture between
MarkWest and EMG.
will double the propane
and heavier fractionation capacity at the Hopedale complex to
120,000 bpd and is expected to be operational in the first
quarter of 2015.
Once the Hopedale expansion
is complete, MarkWest
will operate 300,000 bpd of ethane and heavier fractionation
capacity at four complexes in the Northeast.
The company also has an NGL gathering pipeline connecting its
Hopedale complex to its existing NGL infrastructure in the
MarkWest says NGL takeaway solutions to the Gulf Coast and
international markets will be complementary to existing
fractionation infrastructure and will provide producers with
additional market outlets that are crucial to the long-term
development of the region.
Together with EMG, our expansion
capacity in Ohio is a resounding commitment to deliver
exceptional midstream services and NGL solutions in the
Northeast, said Frank Semple, CEO of MarkWest.
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," he added.