MarkWest Liberty to build natural gas processing complex, midstream assets to serve Marcellus Shale in West Virginia

Source: MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources

MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, L.L.C., a partnership between MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MWE) and The Energy & Minerals Group, is developing a midstream and natural gas processing complex in Logansport, West Virginia. 

MarkWest Liberty will construct a 120 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) cryogenic gas processing facility and associated natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline by mid 2012 to process liquids-rich gas transported in EQT Corporation’s Equitrans gas pipeline, which recently announced a significant expansion to increase transmission capacity. EQT has substantial rich-gas Marcellus acreage in northern West Virginia and has contracted with MarkWest Liberty for the majority of the Logansport plant capacity. The NGLs recovered at Logansport will be transported via pipeline to MarkWest Liberty’s fractionation, storage, and marketing complex in Houston, Pennsylvania. 

The Logansport complex is MarkWest Liberty’s third processing complex serving Marcellus production in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. The new processing facility and associated NGL pipeline significantly expands the integrated processing, fractionation, and NGL marketing services that MarkWest provides to producers in the Appalachian region. 

“We continue to expand our midstream presence in the rich-gas area of the Marcellus and the Logansport complex will allow EQT and other producers to fully develop their Marcellus acreage in Wetzel and Doddridge counties,” said Frank Semple, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MarkWest. “We are excited to access significant new Marcellus acreage and to take advantage of the tremendous downstream takeaway options for residue gas on the Equitrans system, including Equitrans’ planned expansion to five interstate pipelines. MarkWest Liberty is the largest provider of midstream services in the rich-gas areas of the Marcellus and is committed to continue investing significant capital to develop the critical midstream infrastructure necessary to meet our producer customers’ long-term needs.” 

"We are excited about the strategic value created from the combination of MarkWest's industry leading Appalachian processing and fractionation footprint with EQT's Equitrans pipeline header system expansion," said Randall Crawford, Senior Vice President of EQT. "The linking of NGL processing with downstream transportation will provide the critical infrastructure solution to facilitate the development of EQT’s and other liquids-rich Marcellus acreage in northern West Virginia."

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