The second phase of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project has begun, Sunoco Logistics Partner L.P. announced today.
The pipeline will transport approximately 275,000 barrels of natural gas liquids (NGLs) per day from the Marcellus and Utica Shales in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio to Sunoco Logistics' Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. Once there, it will be stored and distributed to local, domestic and international markets.
Sunoco has invested approximately $2.5 billion in the Mariner East 2 project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The company's Mariner East 1 pipeline project, which should be fully operational by the end of the year, will be able to transport approximately 70,000 barrels of natural gas per day.
Both projects are expected to provide a huge boost to local economy by providing thousands of new jobs and added industry to the area. It will also increase the availability of natural gases for consumers during the winter months when they are in high demand.
"This vital energy project will provide a comprehensive solution in the region to transport, store and process NGLs from the Marcellus and Utica Shales, and will provide the foundation for the continuing rebirth of the local manufacturing sector,” Michael J. Hennigan, president and CEO of Sunoco Logistics, said. “The project also enables the continuing development of the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, as we convert a former refinery site into a world-class natural gas liquids hub in southeastern Pennsylvania.”