Pennant’s Hickory Bend Utica gas processing plant ready for operations

Pennant Midstream announced that its 200-MMcfd Hickory Bend cryogenic natural gas processing plant in the Utica shale at New Middletown, Ohio, is ready to begin operations. The plant’s gathering system includes about 55 miles of 20- and 24-in. OD wet gas gathering pipelines. These pipelines will support delivery of more than 600 MMcfd, allowing for expansion if demand warrants, and Pennant is preparing sites for two additional plants at Hickory Bend.

Dry gas from the plant will go to homes and businesses across Appalachia, and the NGLs will be shipped through a 12-in. OD, 38-mile pipeline and existing infrastructure to Utica East Ohio’s Harrison County, Ohio, fractionator (OGJ Online, Sept. 30, 2013). Hickory Bend will support rich-gas production from Hilcorp Energy Co. and other producers in the area.

NiSource Midstream Services LLC operates Pennant, which is jointly owned by Harvest Pipeline (an affiliate of Hilcorp) and NiSource. The initial 200-MMcfd plant cost $375 million.

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