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Gas plants in Noble, Harrison counties sign of growth

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Natural gas processing capacity expected to increase to 3.2 billion c.f.d.


NOBLE COUNTY, Ohio -- The influx of horizontal drilling in Ohio - but the lack of infrastructure - has many companies vying for mid-stream opportunities in southern and eastern parts of the Buckeye State.
That, coupled with the success of the recently-opened MarkWest Energy processing facilities in Noble and Harrison counties and Kensington facility in Columbiana County, means Ohio's fractionation capacity could increase five-fold in the next several years.
Both MarkWest and Kensington have announced plans to expand operations in Noble, Harrison, and Columbiana counties. Another plant is under construction in Mahoning County, and plans have been announced for a mid-stream facility in Tuscarawas County, as well.
Shawn Bennett, a field director for Energy in Depth Ohio, says that Ohio's processing facilities are expected to reach a capacity of nearly 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day within the next several years.
Unlike drilling operations scattered throughout the Utica and Marcellus Shale, mid-stream operations focus on processing and transporting natural gas to companies around the country through use of fractionation plants, compressor stations, and a growing network of pipelines.

Z. Daniel Barnett

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