The Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT), an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce that an important milestone has been reached on one of its priority projects. In early February, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approved sedimentation and water-crossing permits for construction of the Mariner East II natural gas pipeline.
Focused on the development of a natural gas energy hub in our region, GPEAT supports pipeline projects that will increase the amount of natural gas (and natural-gas liquids) available in our region as well as projects and expansion plans that will increase the amount of natural gas consumed.
Sunoco Logistics, the driver of the Mariner East II Pipeline project, states that the pipeline would bring vital infrastructure needed for the Greater Philadelphia region; connecting natural gas resources in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays with its Marcus Hook Industrial Complex located in Delaware County—already a key element in the region’s energy hub story.
“Sunoco Logistics can now begin construction throughout Pennsylvania in accordance with the permits, with estimated completion in the third quarter of this year,” Sunoco Logistics stated in a Philadelphia Inquirer article. “Mariner East II will require more than 8,000 construction workers to build the pipeline and related facilities.”
The projected plan is now to build two pipelines parallel to the existing Mariner East pipeline, which currently transports approximately 70,000 barrels of natural-gas liquids (NGLs) per day. The new pipelines would double the amount of NGLs transported daily.
The development of this new pipeline would further establish the Greater Philadelphia region as an emerging global energy hub building; realizing a key goal of the Chamber’s Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team.
If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT) or becoming an Action Team member, please contact Erin Vizza. Members of GPEAT have the opportunity to work on issues surrounding the development of the energy and manufacturing sectors in the Greater Philadelphia region through working groups focused on Business Attraction, Natural Gas Use and Advocacy.
Learn more about the the opportunities and challenges for Greater Philadelphia to leverage the Marcellus/Utica natural gas resources to accelerate growth in our region detailed in the “A Pipeline for Growth: Fueling Economic Revitalization with Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas” report.