Sunoco Logistics begins open season for Mariner East 2 NGL pipeline

04 December 2013 15:48 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US energy infrastructure firm Sunoco Logistics on Wednesday began a binding open season for its Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline project.

Mariner East 2, which is expected to be operational in early 2016, would ship NGL from processing facilities in the Marcellus and Utica shale areas in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio to Sunoco Logistics’ Marcus Hook industrial complex near Philadelphia, from where the NGL can be exported.

“We are bullish on the production growth from the Marcellus and Utica Shales,” said Sunoco Logistics’ CEO, Michael Hennigan.

“We are proceeding with the open season as we have received considerable market interest to develop this project to provide producers with several marketing options for their expanding production,” Hennigan said.

“We believe the market is long NGLs as the supply will continue to outpace demand,” he added.

“As a result, Mariner East 2 would provide the highest value option for producers in this region as an export solution on the East Coast,” Hennigan said.

Sunoco would continue to add storage and expand Marcus Hook into “a world class NGL facility” on the East Coast, the CEO said.

The company did not say when the open season will end.

By Stefan Baumgarten