SCIO, Ohio -- More than 100 elected officials, business leaders and first responders gathered in Harrison County on Monday to mark the start-up of a natural gas processing facility.
Gov. John Kasich was on hand at the Utica East Ohio Buckeye System to symbolically turn on the valves at the Scio facility. The plant is a joint effort between M3 Midstream, Access Midstream and EV Energy Partners. It is the first integrated natural gas processing facility in Ohio.
In its first phase of production, the facility is expected to fractionate 45,000 barrels of natural gas per day.
Frank D. Tsuru, president of M3 Midstream, said that construction began on the facility 11 months ago, and will continue into 2015 as Scio plant ramps up production. Tsuru added that 60 percent of the permanent employees at the Scio plant are from Ohio.
Speaking at the new hub on Monday, Gov. Kasich said leaders need to ‚Äúthink outside the box‚ÄĚ to come up with ways to attract petrochemical, chemical and polymer industries to eastern Ohio now that infrastructure for the natural gas industry is being put into place.