Mariner East 1 is increasing pumping capacity which has a broad impact throughout the Appalachian Basin the in Southeast PA, Southern NJ, and Delaware.
Mariner East 2 is in the final approval stages. If this pipeline is approved, the economic impact will double what is happening with Mariner 1 East.
The drillers who blasted through bedrock during Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale boom unleashed stockpiles of energy that are now being delivered to bigger markets.
Sunoco Logistics Partners announced today that its Mariner East 1 pipeline is now carrying both ethane and propane from Washington County shale fields to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County.
“Mariner East 1 is an important milestone for the natural gas and manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania,” said Sunoco Logistics CEO Michael Hennigan.
With Mariner East 1 up and running, Marcus Hook is now positioned as the East Coast hub for processing and storing propane, ethane and other natural gas liquids, and then distributing them to local, U.S. and international markets, he said.
The pipeline can transport 70,000 barrels of ethane and propane per day. It started moving propane in December 2014 and ethane last month. This week, the first tanker carrying ethane to European markets departed from Marcus Hook.
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From the renaissance at Marcus Hook to moving shale gas to local manufacturers, Sunoco Logistics is making a $3 billion investment into Pennsylvania’s energy economy, Gov. Tom Wolf said.
“The opening of the Mariner East pipeline represents a vital first step in redirecting Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources to critical markets here at home,” he said.
This development is creating 290 to 440 permanent jobs, Wolf said.
Mariner East is a huge boon to the local labor pool, according to John Dougherty, business manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council.
“This kind of development creates real jobs, giving Pennsylvanians the chance to get ahead, instead of falling behind,” he said.