Sunoco Logistics is to invest some US$2.5 billion in its Mariner East 2 facility. Following a successful open season Sunoco Logistics said Mariner East 2 would constitute the second phase of the company’s broader plan to provide pipeline transport from the Marcellus and Utica Shales.
Mariner East 2 will expand the Mariner East service to deliver natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the liquid-rich shale areas in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio to Sunoco’s Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, where it will be stored and distributed to various local, domestic and international markets.
Sufficient binding commitments have been received from shippers, enabling the project to move forward.
Mariner East 2 is expected to provide an initial capacity of 275,000 bpd of NGLs, such as propane, butane and ethane. Combined with Mariner East 1 capacity of 70,000 bpd, the Mariner East project will provide 345,000 bpd of total NGL takeaway capacity from the shale regions.
Sunoco plans to offer intrastate and interstate movements to meet the demands of various markets. Mariner East 2 is expected to be operational by the end of 2016, subject to regulatory and permit approvals.
The partnership is also actively developing the addition of an NGL manufacturing complex, including a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at Marcus Hook for the manufacture of propylene.