XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has opened a facility in southwestern Pennsylvania to recover marketable liquids from the natural gas produced in Butler County, the company said June 17.
The 340-acre facility is the first of its kind for XTO in the Appalachia region and includes 40 miles of connecting pipeline. Two gas compressor stations feed the facility, which is designed to treat approximately 125 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
“The facility will add value to XTO and Butler County,” said Tim McIlwain, senior vice president, production operations for XTO. “It allows valuable liquids to be separated from natural gas and provides economic growth in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
At the peak of construction, 170 local and regional contractors were on site each day. XTO will employ 15 permanent employees to run the operation.
Butler County is a vital part of XTO’s Appalachia division. In the past four years, 50 wells have been drilled over 46,000 net acres in the county.