US MarkWest completes gas processing plant in Granite Wash shale

07 February 2014 17:43 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--MarkWest Energy Partners has completed a 200 million cubic feet/day (mcf/day) (5.66 million cubic metres) cryogenic gas processing plant in the Granite Wash shale, a formation located in Texas and Oklahoma, the company said on Friday.

Gas processing plants remove natural gas liquids (NGLs) from raw gas. The NGLs are then sent to fractionators, which separate them into streams of ethane, propane and other products. These can then be used as feedstock by crackers to produce olefins.

MarkWest's network of pipelines will provide natural gas producers with access to the NGL hubs of Mont Belvieu, Texas and Conway, Kansas.

Buffalo Creek joins MarkWest's 235mcf/day Arapahoe processing complex in western Oklahoma in serving the Panhandle region, the company said.

MarkWest's Buffalo Creek facility is supported by agreements with Chesapeake Energy, the company said. Already, Chesapeake has about 100 mcf/day of existing production that the company has begun to process.

By Al Greenwood