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Honeywell to provide NGL fractionation plant

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Honeywell has announced that its UOP Russell business will provide a fractionation plant capable of producing 60 000 bpd of NGLs to MarkWest Energy Partners.

The company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX LP, will install the plant at its Hopedale facility located in Jewett, Ohio, US.

The fractionation system will recover propane, isobutane, normal butane and pentane – or natural gasoline – from mixed NGLs for use in petrochemical manufacturing.

Craig Ranta, Honeywell’s Business Director for UOP Russell, said: “A growing number of gas processors are investing in NGL fractionation technology […] Today, our fractionation technologies produce more than 850 000 bpd of natural gas liquids extracted from natural gas streams.”

Fractionation units are used to separate mixtures of extracted NGLs into individual pure components. The resulting products are used to manufacture a wide range of petrochemicals that are made into plastic resins, films and fibers, rubber, and fuel-blending components.

The UOP Russell fractionation plant is customised for the large capacity requirements of MarkWest, and it represents an expansion of UOP Russell’s portfolio of pre-engineered fractionation products.

“In less than 40 weeks, Honeywell now can provide fractionation units for de-ethanisers up to 125 000 bpd and for depropanisers up to 60 000 bpd,” Ranta said. “This allows customers to get onstream and begin reliably generating revenue even faster than before.”

MPLX is engaged in the gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas; the gathering, transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of NGLs; and the transportation, storage and distribution of crude oil and refined petroleum products. MarkWest operates natural gas gathering systems in six states. Its natural gas processing complexes remove the heavier and more valuable hydrocarbon components from natural gas. The company currently operates natural gas processing complexes in the Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, Appalachia region, and Southwest region. MarkWest’s assets include approximately 5.9 billion ft3/d of gathering capacity, 8 billion ft3/d of natural gas processing capacity and 610 000 bpd of fractionation capacity.

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