Gulfport Energy Corp. completed definitive agreements with MarkWest Utica EMG L.L.C. to construct and operate gas gathering pipelines and processing facilities associated with Gulfport’s development of its Utica Shale acreage in eastern Ohio.
MarkWest plans to process the gas at its Harrison gas processing complex and will provide NGL fractionation and marketing services at its Harrison County fractionator where NGLs will be marketed by truck, rail, and pipeline.
MarkWest will initially bring on line an interim 40 MMcf/d refrigeration gas processing plant with a third quarter startup date. This interim facility will be followed by a 125 MMcf permanent cryogenic gas processing facility which is expected to begin operations by early 2013. MarkWest anticipates installing an additional 200 MMcf/d of cryogenic capacity in early 2014.
It is expected MarkWest will have 60 miles of pipeline infrastructure with 9,000 horsepower of compression to move Gulfport volumes by year end. By 2014, MarkWest’s Utica build-out will include up to 140 miles of high and low pressure gathering lines and 20,000 horsepower of compression. By early 2014, MarkWest’s downstream facilities will include up to 325 MMcf/d of cryogenic gas processing capacity located in Harrison County and 100,000 bpd of C2+ fractionation.