A major natural gas processing plant has opened up this week in Eastern Ohio. ideastream’s Michelle Kanu reports the facility is an important link between the state’s drilling activity and shipping the natural gas to consumers who can use it.
When energy companies drill for natural gas, the raw material has to be filtered and processed before it can be sold off to any utility or chemical company.
That’s where the Utica East Ohio—or UEO—project comes in. Three companies have teamed up to process and separate out the dry and liquid natural gas extracted from the Utica: M3 Midstream, Access Midstream, and EV Energy Partners.
Patrick Myers is a general manager for Access Midstream’s Utica operations. He says this is the first time Ohio will have the capacity to process the gas without first shipping it out of state.
Myers: “There’s a number of wells that have been produced and are ready to flow gas that are currently shut in because these vital services have not been available to the producers that are producing gas from the wells.”
The processing plant is the first of three facilities to be built by the partner companies. A second processing plant will open in Carroll County. A third facility that will further refine the liquid gas will open in Harrison County in the middle of next year.