NBC 10’s Growing Greater Philadelphia covered the partnership held between Sunoco Logistics and Braskem. The piece highlighted that their collaborative efforts to bolster regional energy infrastructure development and create “an opportunity for manufacturing processes to grow.” Fundamentally, Sunoco Logistics supplies Braskem “moves what [Sunoco] makes”, effectively maintaining “a highway for natural gas liquids”.
With the natural gas reserves harbored in the Marcellus and Utica shale region, this partnership presents sustained benefits for the region. The Intelligencer reported that “the creation of a Marcellus and Utica shale storage hub could lead to 100,000 permanent jobs, along with at least $36 billion in total investment.”
Correspondingly, Chad Jones, executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Electric Contractors Association, concluded that “pipelines are also the critical link behind the delivery of the vast energy resources below our feet to processors like the cracker plant and ultimately to a variety of different end markets for use. Projects that were just ideas a few years ago are becoming a reality today. The benefits aren’t off in some distant location or far off in the future. They are happening now, and we’re all better off for it.”
Efforts to catalyze energy connectivity in Pennsylvania and the broader region require synergistic partnerships – and there is no better example than Sunoco Logistics and Braskem.