130 Tanker Trucks/Day in Ohio End as Cornerstone Pipe Begins

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Last week MDN shared the good news that Utica Shale condensate (very light oil) had begun flowing through the new Marathon Petroleum Cornerstone Pipeline (see Utica Condensate Begins Flowing Through Cornerstone Pipeline). The Cleveland Plain Dealer published an interesting story about the pipeline on Saturday, explaining in depth what condensate is and how/why Marathon upgraded its refinery in Canton to handle it. However, it was another point made in the story that caught our attention. The MarkWest Energy (now a part of Marathon) processing plant in Cadiz, Ohio cleans and separates out condensate from other natural gas liquids (like ethane and propane) before sending the condensate to the Canton refinery. Until the Cornerstone went online, it took 130 tanker trunk trips PER DAY, operating around the clock, to cart the condensate from Cadiz some 60 miles to Canton (and then back for another pickup). While the trucks are still operating, for now, once the pipeline is fully operational and pumping at full capacity, it will end those truck trips…

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