Phase one of gas plant online

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The first phase of a billion dollar gas processing plant in Kensington is now in service.

The M-3 Midstream LLC facility will separate liquids from the natural gas that comes into the plant from area wells.

Two more phases of the plant should be online by the end of next summer.

“Completing the first stage of this project is an important milestone in advancing the development of the Utica Shale formation in Ohio, 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 M3 Midstream LLC President and CEO Frank Tsuru. “We are pleased to commission the first fully integrated natural gas processing and fractionation project in Ohio,

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.

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 entire facility could be online early next year.

Once the Momentum facility is fully operational, it could be processing as much as 600 million cubic feet of gas every day.

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