Columbiana Cryogenic plant goes on line

KENSINGTON – The first phase of a Columbiana County Utica Shale processing plant went on line Sunday, processing natural gas liquids and redelivering residue gas to interstate markets.

The announcement came Monday from M3 Midstream LLC president and chief executive officer Frank Tsuru. The Utica East Midstream, or UEO, is the first fully integrated gathering, processing and fractionation complex in operation in eastern Ohio.

The facility is a joint venture owned by Access Midstream, M3 and EV Energy Partners. It is located just west of Lisbon in Columbiana County.

At project start-up, the UEO system includes approximately 63 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids gathering lines, a 200-million cubic-feet-per-day cryogenic processing facility located near Kensington, Columbiana County, and a 45,000-barrel-per-day natural gas liquids fractionation, storage and rail facility near Scio, Harrison County.

“Completing the first stage of this project is an important milestone in advancing the development of the Utica Shale formation, as wells can begin producing both natural gas and natural gas liquids, with this processing system getting those products an important step closer to homes, businesses and industrial users,” said Tsuru.