Marathon Begins to Build New 49-Mile Utica Pipeline in Ohio

In December 2013 MDN first reported a new $250 million pipeline on the way in the Utica Shale from Marathon Petroleum Corporation, the largest refiner in the Utica Shale region (see Marathon Petroleum’s Newly Announced “Cornerstone” Utica Pipeline). The Cornerstone pipeline stretches nearly 50 miles from the MarkWest cryogenic processing plant in Cadiz, OH northwest connecting to M3’s fractionator plant in Scio and M3’s cryogenic processing plant in Leesville along the way as it terminates and connects to Marathon’s refinery in Canton, OH. The pipeline will carry, at various times, crude oil, condensate and natural gasoline. It went online in September 2016 (see Utica Condensate Begins Flowing Through Cornerstone Pipeline). What we didn’t know/hadn’t noticed with all the talk and focus on Cornerstone, is that Marathon had also floated another 49-mile condensate pipeline project further west of Cornerstone, called HALI–the Harpster to Lima Pipeline. The purpose of the project is a pipeline “for efficient and safe delivery of condensate from the Utica Shale to refineries where it can be processed into gasoline and diesel in order to meet the needs of producers, mid-streamers, marketers, diluent blenders, and refiners as the Utica Shale continues to develop.” The project is now under construction and expected to go online in July. Although Marathon doesn’t really provide any details for the project on their website, we were able to locate a good bit of information about the project, which we share below…

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