The Marcus Hook refinery, a facility that was once set to close, will process Marcellus Shale products.
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. announced the Mariner East project, a plan to transport propane and ethane by pipeline from Western Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook. Once the materials reach Marcus Hook they will be processed and shipped by sea to domestic and export markets.
Jay Schiliro, mayor of the borough of Marcus Hook is in full support of the project.
“This is great news for the Borough of Marcus Hook. The project takes a portion of the former refinery site, an asset that many people had written off, and brings it back to life with new investment and jobs,” He said.
The project allows Sunoco to repurpose an underused pipeline and is anticipated to have an initial capacity to transport approximately 70,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids and can be expanded to support higher volumes.
Brian MacDonald, chairman and CEO of Sunoco said the project is vital to Pennsylvania.
“Mariner East is an important project in two ways. It supports the continued development of the Marcellus Shale, one of Pennsylvania’s most important resources, by offering producers an outlet for valuable products. Mariner East also represents a significant step in re-purposing the former Marcus Hook refinery site and creating a world-class facility with a promising future based on natural gas liquids.”
Mariner East is expected to be transporting propane by the second half of 2014 and to be fully operational to deliver both propane and ethane in the first half of 2015. This new capacity will enhance the current propane export capabilities at Marcus Hook.
Construction to complete the project and get it up and running could employ 450 people.
The project has been applauded by Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Corbett.
“I have long held that the Marcellus Shale is an important resource that over time would benefit the entire Commonwealth. By literally linking Western Pennsylvania resources to markets in Eastern Pennsylvania and beyond, this project represents the first step in achieving that vision. It has the added benefits of creating jobs across Pennsylvania and breathing new life into the former Marcus Hook refinery site,” he said.