Williams’ Oak Grove, WV Plant (Slowly) Gets New De-Ethanizer

The Oak Grove processing plant in Marshall County, WV is about to get its first de-ethanizer, a huge piece of equipment that strips ethane from “wet gas” so it can be sold, via pipeline. Until recently most ethane in the northeast has been a waste product for drillers–something that’s blended with other hydrocarbons or even burned (flared) to get rid of. However, with two new ethane pipelines up and running–one to Sarnia, Canada (Mariner West) and one to the Gulf Coast (ATEX), ethane is a valuable commodity. And so Williams is adding a de-ethanizer to their still-under-construction Oak Grove processing plant.

The de-ethanizer recently arrived by train at Benwood CSX rail yard along the Ohio River. Now the 123-feet long (and 14 feet wide) piece of equipment will go on a very special “superload” truck and it will take 3 days to go just 30 miles to reach the Oak Grove site. If you live in WV, you might want to reconsider plans to travel along routes WV-88 or US-250 later this week, unless you like moving along at 5 miles per hour…

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