Marathon Hints MarkWest Merger Plan May Include NGLs to Gulf

dropping hintsFor years MarkWest Energy has been one of the most active midstream companies in the Marcellus/Utica region. MDN has often called MarkWest the premier midstream company in the northeast–with more pipelines and processing plants than any other company, except possibly the recently merged Williams/Access Midstream. Even though MarkWest has a huge portfolio of assets in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and continues to have a big and ambitious list of future projects, it wasn’t enough to stave off a takeover. Marathon Petroleum announced in July they are buying out MarkWest and adding it into their own operations (see Midstream Bombshell: MarkWest Sells Itself to Marathon Petroleum). It makes you wonder what the future holds for MarkWest and future midstream projects in the northeast. Wonder no more. Although he was light on specifics, Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger commented at an investors conference on Wednesday that the combined company is eyeing between $6-$9 billion of investment in new midstream projects…

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