Statement: Marcus Hook, ME2 Open Domestic Markets for Ethane

The Marcus Hook Industrial Complex and Sunoco’s Mariner East projects are fueling a regional revitalization and opening up new domestic markets for ethane storage and delivery.

Sunoco Partners Marketing and Terminals announced Monday that is has commissioned a new ethane distribution facility inside Marcus Hook, establishing a new domestic outlet for ethane from the Marcellus Shale. And already, the company has begun shipping ethane from Marcus Hook to a specialty gas producer that used to get its supplies from Europe.

These energy infrastructure projects are delivering on the economic promises many had hoped for when they were proposed. And those benefits are being felt locally, which is why members of the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance support these investments.

Mariner East 2, which supports a resurgent Marcus Hook, itself represents one of the biggest economic opportunities our state has seen in generations — a $3 billion investment that will create over 30,000 jobs and generate $4.3 billion in economic activity, according to Econsult Solutions. Local benefits include distribution points in Berks and Lebanon counties to supply propane for commercial and residential use, and supplying a new state-based power plant that will meet the energy needs of million Pennsylvania homes.

If you are writing about Sunoco Partners Marketing and Terminals new ethane distribution facility, please feel free to use the following statement by me, Kurt Knaus, spokesman of the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance. Here is the statement:

“America’s entire energy equation is changing, and Pennsylvanians are benefiting because of it. We continue to see firsthand the positive economic effects, both directly and indirectly, that these projects have on families and our communities. Pennsylvania is poised to create a thriving, diverse, and strong economy — one that can be the envy of every other state. This project is just the latest among countless local benefits that Marcus Hook and these projects are providing locally.”