MarkWest Energy Reports Growth Locally
Presence is maintained in Marshall, Wetzel, Harrison counties
MAJORSVILLE — MarkWest Energy maintains a presence in Marshall and Wetzel counties and in Eastern Ohio, and while its operations are not currently slated for expansion they have grown over the past year.
MarkWest operates six major processing complexes in the Marcellus Shale region, including the Majorsville complex in Marshall County and the Mobley complex in Wetzel County, both of which undertake natural gas processing and de-ethanization services. That means both processing centers are capable of removing ethane and other natural gas liquids commonly found in the local “wet” natural gas stream, from the primary methane product.
Jamal Kheiry, a spokesman for MPLX LP, MarkWest’s owner, said that while no expansion plans for those facilities are currently in place, the operational region that includes West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky saw significant growth in recent months.
“We averaged 5.3 billion cubic feet per day of gas, a 10 percent increase over the prior year,” Kheiry said of the company’s local gas processing operations.
The Mobley complex, which began operations in 2012, has a processing capacity of 920 million cubic feet of gas per day, and a de-ethanization capacity of 10,000 barrels per day. Majorsville, which began operations in 2010, has a processing capacity of 1.27 billion cubic feet per day of gas, 200 million of which was added in the third quarter of last year. Majorsville also has an 80,000 barrel per day de-ethanization capacity. Both of these complexes process hydrocarbons from the Marcellus Shale formation.
In Ohio, MarkWest has natural gas liquid pipelines from its Seneca complex to its Hopedale fractionation complex, drawing its products in the Buckeye State mainly from the Utica Shale formation. It also has rail and truck loading facilities in Ohio for transporting natural gas and NGLs to market.
Markwest works with such companies as Columbia Gas, Dominion Transmission and the Rockies Express Pipeline to access markets in various parts of the country.
MarkWest’s facilities, such as the one at Hopedale, produce export quality low-ethane propane, iso-butane, high-purity normal butane and natural gasoline. Both its normal butane and natural gasoline meet requirements for direct blending into motor fuel. Since 2012, MarkWest has been exporting propane to northwestern European and Central and South America. Butane and natural gasoline are exported via rail to customers in Western and Eastern Canada.
MarkWest also has over 1.3 million barrels of storage capacity at its plant locations and proprietary storage on a third-party pipeline facility owned by TEPPCO.
MarkWest offers customers various types of supply contracts, including annual contracts with summer/winter ratios, spot contracts based on current prevailing market factors and location, exchange contracts that allows exchange of product between two facilities, retail management services for inventory management, distribution and logistics of propane as well as pipeline transfer order sales contracts for volumes to be shipped on the TEPPCO pipeline system to a downstream facility for either storage or truck rack delivery.