MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, L.L.C., a partnership between MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. and The Energy & Minerals Group, executed a long-term agreement with affiliates of Chesapeake Energy Corporation to provide additional natural gas midstream services for Chesapeake's substantial rich-gas Marcellus acreage in northern West Virginia.
MarkWest Liberty will provide the midstream services at its Majorsville, West Virginia processing complex, which includes a 135 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) cryogenic gas processing plant that is operating near capacity. MarkWest Liberty is nearing completion of a second 135 MMcf/d cryogenic plant at Majorsville and is evaluating the addition of a third plant. The natural gas liquids (NGLs) recovered at Majorsville are transported via pipeline to MarkWest Liberty's fractionation, storage, and marketing complex in Houston, Pennsylvania.
By mid 2012, MarkWest Liberty will operate 745 MMcf/d of cryogenic processing capacity serving Marcellus rich-gas producers in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia from its Houston, Majorsville, and recently announced Logansport processing complexes. In addition, MarkWest Liberty provides integrated NGL transportation, fractionation, storage, and marketing services that are critical to optimizing rich-gas development in the northeast United States.
'We are excited to expand our long-standing relationship with Chesapeake and to further strengthen our midstream presence in the rich-gas areas of the Marcellus,' said Frank Semple, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MarkWest. 'Majorsville and Logansport are a key part of our long-term vision of developing world-class midstream infrastructure that extends from our fractionation and three processing complexes in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia to our processing and fractionation assets in southeast Kentucky, including our recently announced acquisition of EQT's Langley processing complex. Our midstream presence in the rich-gas areas of the Marcellus and Huron/Berea shales significantly reinforces our position as the leading provider of midstream services in the Northeast.'