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Murrysville chief administrator updated on pipeline projects

Patrick Varine

Murrysville chief administrator Jim Morrison came away from his most recent meeting with Sunoco Logistics representatives saying he’s satisfied with how their plan to install a transmission pipeline in the area are progressing.

“I think they’ve done a very good job identifying what their goal and timeline will be,” he said about last month’s update on the company’s Mariner East project, which will provide 30-inch pipeline infrastructure for propane, ethane and other petroleum products.

“The goal is to get propane to (their) Delmont site,” Morrison said.

Jeff Shields, spokesman for Sunoco Logistics, said the project is expected to affect about 60 properties in Murrysville, Delmont and Export. Morrison said Sunoco officials have begun contacting property owners.

The project’s first phase, which is scheduled to finish in mid-2015, will connect 50 new miles of new pipe with existing lines to move material to the Marcus Hook facility in eastern Pennsylvania. Part of that work includes pipe that will be installed in the electric-line right of way along Route 66, which will connect with existing pipeline in Delmont.

The second phase would be construction of a new pipeline to send natural-gas liquids to the Marcus Hook facility, according to Sunoco Logistics. That phase — which is scheduled to wrap up in mid-2016 — will raise the pipeline’s capacity to 275,000 barrels of natural-gas liquids per day.

Dominion project

Morrison also has met with officials from Dominion Transmission regarding a project that is slated to begin in 2016. Dominion plans to run 34 new miles of 30-inch natural-gas pipeline and modify existing facilities, including one in Murrysville.

Of that total, only 4 miles of pipe would be laid in Westmoreland County.

The new Dominion pipeline mainly will be built along existing rights of way, but Dominion officials also have begun making contact with landowners along a 250-foot-wide study corridor.

The project also includes upgrades to the J.B. Tonkin compressor station in Murrysville. It tentatively is slated to finish and become active in 2018, according to Dominion officials. Though the project will not have any direct benefits for the towns it crosses, Morrison said he looks forward to continued contact with both.

“Both companies need to secure permits and continue their working relationship with the municipality,” he said.

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2365 or [email protected].

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