MarkWest to build two Marcellus Shale plants for cryogenic processing

MarkWest Energy plans to build two new cryogenic processing plants at its Sherwood complex in Doddridge County, West Virginia, and its Mobley Complex in Wetzel County, West Virginia, the company announced this week.

At the Sherwood complex, MarkWest will construct an additional 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) processing plant at the request of Antero Resources.

The new plant is anchored by a long-term, fee-based contract and will expand total capacity at the Sherwood complex to 1.2 billion cubic feet (Bcf/d) by the second quarter of 2015.

Antero continues to develop its prolific rich-gas acreage position in northern West Virginia and is the anchor producer supporting the Sherwood complex.

At the Mobley complex, MarkWest will increase total processing capacity to 920 MMcf/d with the construction of an additional 200 million cubic feet/day processing plant at the request of EQT Corp.

That new plant is anchored by a long-term, fee-based contract and is expected to be in service by the second quarter of 2015.

The Mobley complex currently consists of three plants with 520 MMcf/d of total processing capacity and during the fourth quarter of this year, MarkWest will begin operations of a fourth plant at the complex, increasing capacity to 720 MMcf/d.

“We are very excited to continue developing critical midstream infrastructure on behalf of Antero and EQT,” said Frank Semple, CEO of MarkWest. “The ongoing success of our producer customers is truly impressive and our Sherwood and Mobley complexes are two of our premier assets in the rich-gas areas of the Marcellus Shale.”

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