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Pipeline work progressing

Marathon's Cornerstone, Energy Transfer's Rover among projects

By DAVID HUTTON The Press-News Published: June 24, 2016 10:00 AM
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EAST SPARTA -- Companies working on pipeline projects in Stark County continue to make progress as they move toward their completion dates.

Currently, there are three pipeline projects on the drawing board in Stark County, including Marathon's Cornerstone pipeline and Energy Transfer's Rover pipeline.

The NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline, which also runs through Stark County, currently doesn't impact the southern portion of the county.

According to Jason Stechschulte, senior engineer for Marathon Pipe Line LLC, Marathon's Cornerstone Pipeline originates in Harrison County and when complete will deliver to Marathon Petroleum Company LP's Canton refinery and to ORPL's East Sparta tank farm.

The Cornerstone Pipeline covers 42 miles and includes a 16-inch diameter pipeline system with a route that provides the opportunity for connections to various Utica Shale condensate stabilization facilities, fractionator facilities, and cryogenic facilities, along with potential future gathering and storage facilities.

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The pipeline and infrastructure work is a $250 million project.

According to Stechschulte, the estimated in-service date for the Cornerstone Pipeline is anticipated to be late this year.

"We've been completing site preparation work and expect to be in stark county in July," he said. "After site preparation, there will be a trenching crew and several other crews that work on the line."

Marathon's Cornerstone pipeline includes a 42-mile section of 16-inch diameter pipe from Cadiz to the storage facility in East Sparta. A line will then be run from the East Sparta facility to the company's refinery in Canton.

The pipeline will cover about two miles from the county line to East Sparta.

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Stechschulte noted that when that is completed, crews will continue to complete the eight-mile stretch from East Sparta to the Canton refinery. The line from East Sparta to the refinery will be eight-inch pipe.

Stechschulte added that there will be little or no impact on area residents. The line runs east of East Sparta

"The line doesn't really run into the village at all," he said.

The Cornerstone line does pass under State Route 800 and the Nimishillen Creek, but horizontal drilling will minimize environmental impacts as well as impacts on the community.

As part of the project, crews have been using three horizontal-directional drills in Stark County.

The Cornerstone Pipeline also will deliver volumes into the East Sparta tank farm for transportation to additional markets via the Utica build-out projects, which include new construction and utilization of existing pipelines.

"That is why we've named this the Cornerstone Pipeline," Stechschulte added. "This is the cornerstone line to getting these products to other markets in other regions."

OTHER PROJECTS

Officials from Energy Transfer said the company plans to start work on its Rover pipeline project during the fourth quarter of this year, with major work starting early next year.

A company official explained that the local portion of the Rover line, a 42-inch transfer pipe, will run through southern Stark County as well as portions of Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.

The approximate $4.2 billion pipeline will gather gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for delivery to the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio, where roughly 68 percent of the gas will be delivered via interconnects with existing pipelines in Ohio and West Virginia for distribution to markets across the U.S.

NEXUS AWARDS CONTRACTS

NEXUS has awarded four contracts for the construction of a proposed pipeline that includes a portion of the route through Stark County.

The awarding of the construction contracts in February for the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline comes in advance of an awaited approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the $2 billion project.

In 2015, NEXUS Gas Transmission, a unit of Spectra Energy Corp., proposed the 36-inch natural gas pipeline to the federal commission. NEXUS is seeking to begin building in the first quarter of 2017.

According to a company spokesman, awarded the contracts early is standard in the industry in order to keep NEXUS on target for an in-service date in November 2017.

The company awarded the four portions of the work to three contractors. Mississippi-based M.G. Dyess Inc. and Georgia-based Latex Construction Co. each was awarded one Ohio portion. Wisconsin-based Michels Corp. was awarded one portion in Ohio and one in Michigan, where the pipeline is proposed to pass through on its way from southern Ohio to a hub in Canada.

Company officials did not provide a dollar figure for the agreements or detail which contractor received the contract for the section that includes the proposed route through Stark County.

The contracts were awarded for pipeline construction only.


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