Natural gas and natural gas liquid production from Marcellus shale is bringing economic prosperity to Pennsylvania.
When the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex was shut down in December 2011, the community took a hard hit and many jobs were lost. However, in the upcoming years, Sunoco Logistics has big plans for Marcus Hook and the state. SXL will be repurposing the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex and constructing two pipelines, Mariner East 1 and Mariner East 2, across the state. Marcus Hook, once an oil refinery, will now be used as a storage, processing, and distribution terminal for natural gas liquids including propane, ethane, and butane.
So what does this mean for the Commonwealth?
According to a study done by Econsult solutions:
That is the estimated one-time economic impact from the construction of the Mariner East projects in the state of Pennsylvania. After the projects’ completion, the potential economic impact from ongoing operations is estimated to be between $100 million and $150 million annually. Not only will the Marcus Hook community benefit from the projects, but the entire state will as well.
The number of jobs that SXL’s Mariner projects will create and support during the construction period. These jobs will have earnings of $1.9 billion. The breakdown of these jobs include both direct, and indirect and induced jobs. Direct jobs created and supported by the projects will include 8,462 jobs annually in different industries. The annual breakdown is as follows:
Construction – 6,876 direct jobs
Architectural and engineering services – 1,094 jobs
Wholesale Trade Business – 440 jobs
Other professional, scientific, and technical services – 52 jobs
The potential benefits that SXL’s projects will bring to Keystone State are huge. Pennsylvania has the opportunity to become a leader in natural gas production while enriching the economy and employing thousands of our residents. We look forward to seeing the progress in the coming years.
– Patricia Scott, Bravo Group, Pittsburgh Intern