Since my first day at the Bravo Group I have been working with numerous energy clients. It’s something that has garnered my attention recently and is a very important sector to be knowledgeable of, particularly in Pennsylvania. There is always talk about the drilling processes that are seen in the Marcellus shale region, however the transportation of the energy products is just as important. Currently 3 of every 4 wells in PA do not have access to the pipeline capacity necessary for transportation to market. Bravo is currently working on material for five of the largest pipeline projects in the northeast, an indicator of its highly recognized work in the energy sector.
Among the five pipeline projects is the Sunoco Logistics’ (SXL) Mariner East project. Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is a Philadelphia-based publicly traded limited partnership that owns more than 8,000 miles of pipelines, moving crude oil through Texas and Oklahoma and gasoline and other refined products throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Gulf Coast. With utilizing the Marcellus and Utica regions of Pennsylvania, SXL’s Mariner East project has become a driving force for economic growth in Pennsylvania.
Upon completion, the two-part project will have invested upwards of $4.2 billion in PA. The first phase is a 50-mile pipeline designed to connect to existing lines in order to move ethane and propane to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex along the Delaware River. The second phase is designed to build a new pipeline from Ohio through West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware to transport Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) to the Marcus Hook facility.
In addition to the obvious creation of jobs and immense opportunity for investment, the project will also help to revitalize the Marcus Hook facility. It will ensure the repurposing of the facility as the Northeast hub for distribution of NGLs to commercial markets both domestic and global.
An investment of this level will create numerous jobs and have a great economic impact at both state and local levels. During construction, the SXL project is projected to produce 30,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs. Additionally, 300-400 permanent jobs will be created upon completion.
The economic benefits for energy projects such as the Mariner East are vital for continued growth in Pennsylvania. Being a part of this growth here at Bravo is a rewarding experience, one of which I hope to continue during my internship.
Tyler Gilbert ~ Pittsburgh Intern