FINDLAY, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2016 - MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) today announced that its newly constructed Cornerstone Pipeline is now fully operational.
"Cornerstone is a state-of-the-art pipeline that adds superior safety, reliability and economics to existing transportation alternatives," said MPLX Chairman and CEO Gary R. Heminger. "As the first Utica shale liquids pipeline, Cornerstone is the initial step in MPLX's plan to provide better connectivity to the basin, which creates another condensate and natural gas liquids (NGL) transportation and marketing option for Marcellus and Utica producers and benefits end users."
The new 50-mile pipeline is designed to transport condensate and natural gasoline in a batched system from origination facilities in Harrison County, Ohio, to a tank farm in East Sparta, Ohio, where it can then continue on to Marathon Petroleum Corporation's (NYSE: MPC) 93,000-barrels-per-day refinery in Canton, Ohio. MPLX is currently constructing and expanding additional pipelines, to provide further distribution to the Midwest and Canada, which are expected to be complete in 2017.
"Cornerstone is the backbone of our Utica shale strategy," Heminger added. "It is routed to provide optimal connectivity from condensate stabilizers and fractionators and aggregate Utica and Marcellus shale production for further distribution."
Cornerstone Pipeline is comprised of a 42-mile, 16-inch pipeline from Cadiz to East Sparta with 180,000 barrels per day of capacity and an 8-mile, 8-inch pipeline from East Sparta to Canton with 45,000 barrels per day of capacity. Marathon Pipe Line LLC, a subsidiary of MPLX, will operate Cornerstone Pipeline from its operations center in Findlay, Ohio, and with local operational personnel.
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About MPLX LP
MPLX is a diversified, growth-oriented master limited partnership formed in 2012 by Marathon Petroleum Corporation to own, operate, develop and acquire midstream energy infrastructure assets. We are engaged in the gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas; the gathering, transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of NGLs; and the transportation and storage of crude oil and refined petroleum products. Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, MPLX's assets consist of a network of common carrier crude oil and products pipeline assets located in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions of the United States, an inland marine business, a butane storage cavern located in West Virginia with approximately one million barrels of storage capacity, crude oil and product storage facilities (tank farms) with approximately 4.5 million barrels of available storage capacity, a barge dock facility with approximately 78,000 barrels per day of crude oil and product throughput capacity and gathering and processing assets that include more than 5,000 miles of gas gathering and NGL pipelines, 54 gas processing plants, 13 NGL fractionation facilities and two condensate stabilization facilities.
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