Sunoco Logistics: opposition won't delay pipeline

| Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Local opposition to a Sunoco Logistics Partners Marcellus shale pipeline should not delay the project or add to its cost, the company's president told investment analysts on Wednesday.

Michael J. Hennigan, chief executive of the Philadelphia pipeline company, said the 299-mile Mariner East pipeline project, which would transport natural gas liquids on an existing pipeline to port facilities in Marcus Hook, Delaware County, is moving ahead.

“Obviously whenever you're engaged in a project, you're going to run into some local discussions,” Hennigan said. “We're very confident we can work through those issues with all the townships we've impacted.”

The company's subsidiary, Sunoco Pipeline L.P., has encountered resistance acquiring rights of way along a 50-mile portion of new pipeline in Western Pennsylvania. And some residents in West Goshen Township, Chester County, have objected to its proposal to expand its Boot Road pumping station.

Hennigan said the company's experience converting an existing pipeline to transport natural gas liquids from the Pittsburgh area to Ontario demonstrates the company has a good track record.

Sunoco anticipates the 72,000-barrel-per-day Mariner East project will begin transporting propane this year and ethane next year. The ethane is committed for export to Norway.

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