On December 29th Energy Transfer announced the completion and operationalization of its Mariner East 2 pipeline. The 350 mile pipeline facilitates natural gas liquid transport from the Marcellus and Utica shale reserves in Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County, PA.
The multi-year project has made significant contributions to the Pennsylvania economy. An impact study by EConsult Solutions estimated more than 9,500 construction jobs per year were created for the project. In Pennsylvania alone the $9.1 billion construction costs resulted in $2.7 billion of associated earnings for communities and locals, according to the study.
Mariner East 2 is the second component in the larger ‘Mariner East’ pipeline system that hopes to help Pennsylvania realize its full energy potential. Mariner East 2 will allow for increased transport capacity, now totaling 345,000 barrels a day in conjunction with the Mariner East 1 line.
For Pennsylvania at large the completion of the Mariner East 2 pipeline signifies a critical step for Pennsylvania towards leading the nation’s push to energy independence. It is precisely projects like the Mariner East 2 pipeline that bring safe and sustainable energy to the state alongside long-term economic prosperity. The Pennsylvania Pipeline Review looks forward to the continued success of natural gas and its critical infrastructure components.