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MPLX's Cornerstone pipeline in Ohio begins operations

started up fulloperations at its Cornerstone pipeline, a 50-mile pipeline in Ohio carryingcondensate and natural gasoline touted as "the backbone of [thepartnership's] Utica shale strategy."

TheCornerstone pipeline runs for 42 miles from Cadiz to East Sparta, Ohio, then eightmiles from East Sparta to Canton, Ohio. The Cadiz to East Sparta section has acapacity of 180,000 barrels per day, while the East Sparta to Canton sectionhas a capacity of 45,000 bbl/d, according to an Oct. 11 news release.

The productwould originate from facilities in Harrison County, Ohio, and would end up atMarathon Petroleum Corp.'s93,000 bbl/d refinery in Canton. MPLX subsidiary Marathon Pipe Line LLC will bethe pipeline operator.

"Asthe first Utica shale liquids pipeline, Cornerstone is the initial step in MPLX'splan to provide better connectivity to the basin, which creates anothercondensate and natural gas liquids (NGL) transportation and marketing optionfor Marcellus and Utica producers and benefits end users," said GaryHeminger, chairman and CEO of MPLX.

MPLX isadding and expanding more pipelines to widen its distribution to the Midwestand Canada and is expected to finish these projects by 2017, according to therelease.