May 29 MarkWest Energy Partners LP said
on Thursday it is assessing the damage at a natural gas
processing plant in southwest Pennsylvania and is working with
customers to reroute some of their gas to another location.
MarkWest said in a statement there were no apparent signs of
a fire but first responders initially said there was a small
fire at the facility likely caused by a lightning strike.
The incident occurred at MarkWest's Houston processing and
fractionation complex in Houston, Pennsylvania, at approximately
6:00 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) on Wednesday, the company said.
The company said there were no reported injuries but the
area was safely and temporarily evacuated as a precaution.
The Houston complex consists of processing plants I, II and
III totaling 355 million cubic feet per day of capacity and
98,000 barrels per day of ethane and other natural gas liquids.
The plant processes Marcellus shale natural gas.
MarkWest said it is routing some gas through its "rich-gas
header system" to the Majorsville complex in Marshall County,
The Majorsville complex currently consists of 870 MMcf/d of
Although workers have not completed a full assessment of all
plant equipment, an initial visual assessment of damage
indicates that the impact was limited to one component of the
plant III facility, the company said.
The entire complex remains shut down until the assessment is
completed. At this time, it appears that no other equipment at
the facility was affected, the company said.
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Diane Craft)