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New Processing Plant and Pipeline Coming to Ohio

A midstream joint venture between Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Denver-based MarkWest Utica EMG LLC announced Wednesday that it has plans to build Ohio’s sixth natural gas-processing plant and a new pipeline to carry liquids from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to the Gulf Coast for processing.  Although a price tag has yet to be disclosed, industry experts expect the cost for the two projects would approach $1 billion, with the first phase set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014.  At its conclusion, MarkWest chairman, Frank Semple, believes the pipeline will be “the most efficient project for the Marcellus and Utica producers to access the Gulf Coast natural gas liquid markets.”