by: Malia Spencer Reporter- Pittsburgh Business Times
ExxonMobil, through its subsidiary XTO Energy Inc.is starting up a facility in Butler County to recover the valuable natural gas liquids that are coming out as part the company’s drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale.
The 340-acre facility includes 40 miles of connecting pipeline and two gas compressor stations to feed the gas into the facility, which is designed to treat roughly 125 million cubic feet of natural gas a day.
XTO says this facility is a first for the company in the Appalachian basin.
At 230 Hicks Road in Renfrew the facility will strip out the liquid propane, butane and ethane from the gas and sell them to MarkWest Energy Partners, which will take them to its pant is in Washington County. The methane from XTO’s facility is sold to NiSource, which transmits, stores and distributes it to pipeline outlets, including Dominion Transmission, Columbia Gulf and TETCO, XTO spokesman JD Estes said in an email.
“This facility will add value to XTO and Butler County,” Tim McIlwain senior vice president, production operations for XTO, said in a written statement. “It allows valuable liquids to be separated from natural gas and provides economic growth in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
The Butler processing facility is expected to have 15 full-time employees, the company said. These hires have been a mix of Pennsylvania residents and transfers from within the Texas-based company, Estes said. He said the company is always looking to hire and, in the past four years, XTO has drilled more than 50 wells in Butler County across 46,000 net acres.