Marcellus shale gas producers could have new ethane outlet

By Luke Geiver | February 03, 2020

A successful open season call by Energy Transfer LP could help Marcellus shale gas producers move more ethane from Pennsylvania to processing centers in Canada. The Texas-based midstream giant announced this week a call to shippers to commit ethane volumes for its Mariner West pipeline.

The system currently moves 50,000 barrels of ethane per day from Houston, Pennsylvania to Marysville, Michigan and the international border near Sarnia, Ontario.

The 395-mile pipeline was brought online in 2013 and has served the Marcellus since.

Energy Transfer has created a large portfolio of Marcellus-related assets, including the Marcus Hook Industrial complex. The project involved retrofitting a refinery into a NGL gathering and processing hub. The hub is also connected to other pipelines that handle shale gas.

Ethane is typically removed from the NGL stream and utilized in the petrochemical industry to make plastics.

Although most midstream providers issue closing dates on their open season calls for shipper volume commitments, Energy Transfer has not yet issued a closing date for its potential shippers to respond by.