MarkWest Completed 3 Processing Plants in ’15, 5 More Coming in ’16

MarkWest Energy, now a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum, reported its fourth quarter and full year 2015 results yesterday. Net income–revenue less expenses–was down for MarkWest in 2015, but at least the company is still in the black. MarkWest had $178 million in net income for 2014, and $157 million for 2015. Not too shabby considering the disastrous results many other companies have had. Net income for 4Q15 for MarkWest was a paltry $18 million, vs. $37 million in 4Q14. Among the operational highlights for MarkWest for 2015: The company commenced operation of one processing plant and two fractionation facilities in the Marcellus shale, increasing their total processing capacity by 200 million cubic feet per day and fractionation capacity by 73,000 barrels per day. Looking ahead to 2016, MarkWest says they have 10 major processing and fractionation projects currently under construction on a just-in-time basis, with five of the 10 expected to be completed in 2016. They expect to spend $1-$1.5 billion on capital expenditures in 2016. Here’s the update…

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