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Utica shale to benefit from new processing plant

A processing complex in Monroe County, Ohio, with capacity to house three different plants and an ability to process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day is almost ready to open, reports Columbus Business First.

The first plant at the Berne processing complex will be operational this November, according to Casey Nikoloric, spokeswoman for Blue Racer Midstream LLC, the company which manages the growing project. The second processing plant is currently under construction and in scheduled to be in service by April.

The complex will greatly benefit the Utica Shale region, which currently lacks solid midstream infrastructure. This week, a new transmission line was completed, according to a submission from the company to state regulators. The cryogenic processing plants will separate natural gas liquids from dry natural gas. Natural gas liquids are becoming easier to export and are rising in value. Operations will begin once the company has its utility service online.

Blue Racer, which was formed in a $1.5 billion joint venture with Calman Energy II LLC and Dominion Resources in 2012, ships, processes and stores oil and gas for various operators in the Utica Shale region. The company also operates an adjacent processing complex in Marshall County, West Virginia. Between the two facilities, Blue Racer expects a combined processing capacity of about 840 million cubic feet per day when the new plant are operational in April.

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