With ground now broken for its Mariner East 2 pipeline project, Sunoco Logistics is a name you often hear in the news.
The project, which spans 350 miles, is an extension of the company’s existing Mariner East pipeline system, and will transport natural gas liquids from Ohio and western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex for both domestic distribution and export.
Mariner East 2 will play a major contributing role in the repurposing of the Delaware County facility as the Northeast hub for distribution of natural gas liquids to commercial markets both in the U.S. and across the globe.
Here are 10 facts you may not know about the Newtown Square-based company and its newest project:
- Sunoco Logistics was once part of Sun Oil, and has been headquartered in the Delaware Valley for more than 80 years.
- Sunoco Logistics is a 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.
- Sunoco Logistics has more than 80 years of experience operating pipeline systems across the nation, built on the company’s core values: Safety, Security, and Environmental Stewardship.
- The price tag ($3 billion) of Mariner East 1 & 2 represents the largest investment of private money in Pennsylvania history.
- The length of the project through Chester County is approximately 23.6 miles, and in Delaware County, it’s 11.4 miles.
- Approximately 80 percent of Mariner East 2 is to be located within existing rights-of-way.
- Mariner East 2 will include two pipelines, one 16 inches and one 20 inches, and has a combined initial capacity of approximately 500,000 barrels a day of natural gas liquids like propane and butane. (Pipelines are already the safest means of transporting energy products, enjoying a 99.999 percent success rate, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. More than 2.5 million miles of underground pipeline are already in use in the U.S.)
- The Department of Environmental Protection thoroughly vetted the project, holding multiple public hearings, while also consulting experts in a broad range of fields.
- Upon completion, both Mariner East projects will have supported more than 15,000 jobs a year and contributed $62 million in taxes. The projects will sustain 300-400 permanent jobs and contribute at least $100 million annually to the Pennsylvania economy.
- Mariner East 2 will provide a boost to our region, rather than the Gulf Coast, where the associated resources would otherwise be shipped.