PINE GROVE - Natural gas processor MarkWest Energy is building additional infrastructure at its Wetzel County Mobley complex with Mobley III, a 200 million cubic feet per day processing facility.
"We are pleased to announce the expansion of our Mobley complex in support of our producer customers' success in their liquids-rich Marcellus acreage," said Frank Semple, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MarkWest.
"Our full-service midstream solutions help maximize the value of our producers' natural gas and natural gas liquids and this significant resource play continues to provide great opportunities for future organic growth projects for MarkWest."
Companies such as Gulfport Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Chevron, XTO Energy and Antero Resources are known in the industry as "producers" because these companies sell the gas they pump out of the ground. Because the wet Marcellus and Utica shale gas requires processing before it can go to market, producers send their gas to companies such as Dominion Resources, Williams Partners or MarkWest for processing and fractionation.
In natural gas processing, the dry methane part of the gas stream is separated from the wet portions - ethane, butane, propane and pentane. During fractionation, the natural gas liquids and other substances are separated from each other. These separated products are then ready for use, with the ethane possibly going to a cracker plant.
Also, MarkWest is entering a joint venture with Antero Resources to provide processing, fractionation, and marketing services in the liquids-rich corridor of the Utica Shale.
Antero - with over 60,000 net acres under lease in Ohio - is in the process of building the initial gathering infrastructure to move rich gas production to processing infrastructure to be located in Noble County, Ohio.
"We are excited to extend our strong partnership with Antero Resources and continue the development of leading midstream infrastructure in the heart of the Utica Shale," said Semple.
"We believe that Antero's success in the Marcellus will prove to be a natural extension into the hydrocarbon-rich area of the Utica."
"We are fortunate to have a rich gas and condensate play in Ohio in such close proximity to our Marcellus Shale rich gas project," said Paul Rady, chairman and chief executive officer of Antero.
"MarkWest is a natural fit for Antero to partner with in the Utica to build the first processing complex near our acreage position, given their processing and fractionation plans in the Utica and the integration with their leading position in the Marcellus."