Getting the oil and gas coming out of the ground to market requires pipelines for shipping and plants for processing the minerals, separating them into their “wet” and “dry” components.
There are systems under way locally to make sure the pieces of the huge multimillion dollar puzzle come together.
As site preparation work is nearly finished at the $300 million dollar NiSource gas processing plant in New Springfield, the first phase of construction on a $1 billion facility in Kensington in Columbiana County is almost finished.
“The Kensington Momentum Cryogenic gas plant will separate the liquids from the natural gas that comes from the wells in this area,” said Baron John with Momentum Midstream Energy.
The site was first revealed a year ago as work was just getting under way. There are nearly 500 people working there now. The facility will actually double or triple in size by late next summer, all coordinated to meet what’s expected to be a growing demand.
“As the wells and the area and the network provides more gas, we’ll start phase two. And phase three will roll shortly afterwards, next year,” said John.
Those involved in the production end of the business locally said they are just beginning the test well phase. BP, for example, has installed two wells in northern Trumbull County and is working on a third.
“We believe we’ll have all the information that we’ll need from the test by the end of December, and we should be making an announcement sometime after that time frame about the size of our operations here in Northeast Ohio,” said Curtis Thomas, BP marketing and public affairs.
In Springfield Township, neighbors said they’ve seen hundreds of heavy trucks hauling material in and out of the NiSource plant site the last several weeks. Construction there could begin sometime next week.
Executives with NiSource said the area could see upwards of 1,000 workers at the New Springfield site once that construction is in full swing. The facility could be on line early next year.
Once the Momentum facility is fully operational late next summer, it could be processing as much as 600 million cubic feet of gas every day.