CADIZ - Harrison County officials reacted to news from MarkWest Energy about the possibility of two new processing complexes in Harrison and Monroe counties and expanded fractionation, storage and marketing capacity in Harrison County as part of the Utica development plan.
The processing and fractionation complexes will provide critical rich-gas processing and fractionation, storage and marketing services for multiple Eastern Ohio counties. The Harrison complex will include 200-million cubic feet per day of cryogenic processing capacity and is expected to begin initial operations in mid-2013, officials said.
MarkWest is finalizing the design capacity of the Monroe County complex, which also is expected to begin operations in 2013. Both processing complexes will be connected by a gathering system to the Harrison County fractionation facilities that will be operational in 2013.
Additionally, the Harrison fractionation facilities, which will be able to market natural gas liquids by truck, rail and pipeline, will be connected to MarkWest's processing and natural gas liquids pipeline network in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and will provide for the integrated operation of the two largest fractionation complexes in the Northeast, officials said.
Commissioner Don Bethel recently accompanied Cadiz officials on a visit to MarkWest's Pennsylvania site. He said he was impressed with the operation and encouraged by the potential for the area. He added they look forward to the jobs such a move would bring.
"This is a big catch for Cadiz," he said.
"We were thrilled to hear the news," said Commissioner Barbara Pincola. "This seems like an anchor business."
"If it settles here, it's going to be a good thing," said Commissioner Bill Host. "I think we've turned a corner."
Meanwhile, the Cadiz Business Association is reviewing the news.
Mike Sliva, president of the Community Improvement Corp., recently addressed the association at a meeting. He discussed ways the area might capitalize on the interest. He noted expanding housing to meet the need will be an issue.