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MarkWest has the capacity to store
two million gallons of bulk propane
liquid on site.

Getting Down to

MarkWest Takes the Lead in the Marcellus Shale Play

MarkWest’s Liberty MarkWest, a leading provider of in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Segment in the Marcellus midstream services in the natural CEC provided grading plans, geotechnical
play—which will ultimately gas industry, has experienced investigations, wetland and stream
delineations, surveying, and erosion and
include several facilities in substantial growth since its sedimentation control (E&S) plans and
southwestern Pennsylvania, inception. The majority of their permitting, opening the door for MarkWest
recent growth is associated
eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia— to prepare for planned expansions and
currently provides fully-integrated natural with the development of natural plant diversifcation in sync with the growth
gas midstream services including gas supplies in emerging plays of the natural gas industry in the region.
gathering, processing, fractionation, like the Marcellus Shale, where One such diversifcation was a major
storage, and marketing operations. MarkWest is now the largest milestone for MarkWest’s Liberty Segment.
processor of natural gas.
CEC partnered with MarkWest to provide The commencement of fractionation
professional services for projects in the operations at Houston in the fall of
Liberty Segment beginning in 2008 when 2011 meant that valuable, marketable
MarkWest laid its operational foundation in products like butane and propane could
the region. At the time, the Liberty Segment be separated from the natural gas on site
was processing roughly 40 million cubic feet instead of sending the natural gas hours
per day. By the end of 2013, the processing away for separation elsewhere. Once the
capacity will have increased to more than fractionation unit was up and running,
1.7 billion cubic feet per day. (That’s however, these products were in need of
enough to fll 1,700 40-foot tanker trucks. a more reliable distribution network to get
When lined up, they would span more than them to market. At the time, distribution
226 football felds or nearly 13 miles.) could only be done through truck loading
CEC’s involvement began with the Each of four storage pad areas is designed to hold and hauling. As volumes increased, so
development of the frst site in the Liberty a diferent bulk liquid and is tailored to the site’s too did the demand for a more efcient,
Segment—the Houston facility, located unique topography. cost-efective transportation system, one
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