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MarkWest to expand Harrison County fractionation plant

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Hopedale plant to double capacity by beginning of 2015


HOPEDALE, Ohio -- A Denver-based midstream company has announced a major expansion at its Harrison County fractionation plant.

Last week, MarkWest Energy Partners said it hopes to double the capacity of the natural gas processing facility near Hopedale by the first quarter of 2015. That facility currently produces around 60,000 barrels of ethane and propane each day.

MarkWest did not announce the expected cost of the project; however, if history is any indicator, the investment by MarkWest and Houston-based Energy & Minerals Group will likely run to hundreds of millions of dollars. Several companies already have invested more than $1 billion in their Utica processing facilities.

MarkWest operates gathering lines, pipelines and other processing facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the Hopedale processing facility will take in gas from the shale plays in both states. The company processes gas produced by Rex Energy, Antero Resources, Gulfport Energy and PDC Energy, all of which are growing their production in the Utica.

Z. Daniel Barnett

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