Gas hub goes online in Scio
Mike Stice (L),CEO of Access Midstream, Frank Tsuru,CEO President of M3 Midstream and Governor John Kasick turn the valves as David Mustine, Jobs Ohio managing director for energy, polymers and chemicals, looks on during the ceremony at the Harrison Hub in Scio Monday.
Gov. John Kasich is urging state and local officials to work together to ensure that the oil and gas industry and spin-off businesses are around for the next century.
Speaking Monday at the new Harrison Hub natural-gas processing facility in Scio, the governor said leaders need to “think outside the box” to come up with ways to attract petrochemical, chemical and polymer industries to eastern Ohio now that infrastructure for the natural-gas industry is being put into place.
Kasich was among nearly 100 elected officials, business leaders and emergency-response professionals from Harrison, Carroll and Columbiana counties on hand for a ceremony marking the start-up of the Utica East Ohio Buckeye System — the first integrated natural-gas processing facility in Ohio.
The group officially “turned the valves” at the Harrison Hub during the event.
Construction of the system was a joint effort of three companies — M3 Midstream, Access Midstream and EV Energy Partners.
The system extends from Columbiana County through Carroll County and into Harrison County. The first phase of the facility includes a 200-million cubic-feet-per-day cyrogenic processing plant near Kensington and a 45,000 barrel-per-day fractionation plant in Scio.
There also are 63 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines connecting the two facilities.
Construction is underway at a third facility, a cryogenic plant outside Leesville.
The Scio plant includes a rail-loading facility that can currently load 16 railcars in 90 minutes, said Eric Mize, emergency preparedness and public awareness manager for M3 Midstream. Three more loading stations will be built, and 45 to 50 employees will work there.
The goal is to be able to load about 200 railcars a day, he said.
Frank D. Tsuru, president of M3 Midstream, said Phase 1 of the Harrison Hub is in operation, and Phase 2 is close to operation. Two more phases are possible, and construction at the site will continue into 2015.
The facility is on 600 acres of land just west of Scio.
“Eleven months ago, this was hilly ground,” Tsuru said. “There was not one bit of infrastructure built.”
He noted that 60 percent of the permanent employees at the Scio and Kensington plants are from Ohio. The Harrison Hub facility has five employees from Scio, he added.
Kasich said it is important that the state make an effort to produce people with the education to work at plants such as the Harrison Hub.
“We want to make sure they have a steady stream of qualified people from right where we live,” he said.