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Marathon to Build Shale Liquids Truck-to-Barge Facility on Ohio River

Marathon Petroleum Corporation announced Tuesday, October 9, 2012, that they plan to build a truck-to-barge loading facility in Wellsville, Ohio, to expedite the taking of hydrocarbon liquids oil produced in the Utica Shale play to Catlettsburg, Kentucky, for refining.

Marathon signed a letter of intent with Harvest Pipeline Company on September 27, 2012, agreeing to jointly develop infrastructure that will facilitate the transportation of hydrocarbon liquids production from the Utica Shale play in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The project will provide 24,000 barrels per day of truck-unloading capacity and a terminal that can load up to 50,000 barrels per day of oil onto barges at the Ohio River in Wellsville. The proposed project includes modifications to Marathon`s existing Wellsville river terminal to accommodate the additional volume for loading onto barges, and a new truck rack to be built on property leased by Harvest Pipeline next to the Marathon facility. The project is anticipated to be complete in late 2013. Continue reading…