Gathering in the Marcellus

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    Watch this video, and learn how Mark West utilizes Ariel compressors to ensure maximum compression performance and reliability throughout their operations in the Marcellus shale.

    Running Time: 3:36

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    Patrick Wilson, Field Mechanic, MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.: Over the past eight years that I’ve been in the gas field, I’ve worked on numerous brands of compressors and, by far, Ariel, between design, engineering, and ease of maintenance is the best.

    Brandon Belford, Lead Mechanic, MarkWest Engergy Partners, L.P.: My name is Brandon Belford, lead mechanic for the Houston operations here in Pennsylvania. A typical day is overseeing all the compression from the field, overseeing all the mechanics, and making sure we have maximized compression. Our company is MarkWest Hydrocarbon. The division up here is called Liberty Resources. We are a midstream company. We take compression for the wells and send it to the plant to be processed.

    The Liberty Resources division of MarkWest is the largest processor of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. With facilities throughout the region, the company provides fully integrated natural gas midstream and processing services in the liquids-rich areas of southwest Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. With 355 million cubic feet daily gathering capacity, MarkWest relies on a varietyof Ariel compressors to gather and transport gas throughout its southwestern Pennsylvania operations. One of these operations includes a Houston Red station, a newer transfer station within the Liberty Resource Division.

    BB: Here we’re running JGK’s. We have two on-site. We run them up to 120 pounds suction and move around 20 million out of here. We drive these here with 7042 Waukesha engines.

    Sam Hunter, Aftermarket Regional Manager, Ariel Corporation

    Waukesha 7042 GSI engine is a great pairing with Ariel’s JGK compressors. The two have been paired up on skids across the globe, and are very successful together. Packages utilizing Ariel’s JGK, T, H, and E compressors have become the industry standard in gas gathering.

    After being produced from nearby wells, the wet natural gas is sent to one of several MarkWest transfer stations. There, the gas is compressed and sent to the Houston processing facility where the valuable liquid hydrocarbons are separated out before transporting the gas through a larger pipeline for other uses. As the largest processor of natural gas in the region, MarkWest cannot afford major compressor downtime due to unscheduled maintenance or service, so they rely on their Ariel distributor to maintain an inventory of spare parts, reducing ordering and shipment times and maximizing compressor performance. Helping to coordinate this effort as an Ariel aftermarket regional manager, a vital link to the factory.

    SH: As an aftermarket regional manager, I team up with our distributorship to support end users like MarkWest and, together, Ariel and its distributors go in and troubleshoot issues of parts availability, service, and warranty administration when the time is needed.

    Jeff Siler, Field Mechanic, MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.: We only use genuine Ariel parts. It’s a good product. [We] want to keep it that way, keep our downtime minimal. We really have had no issues with it, trying to keep it that way.

    BB: Our parts come from one of our distributors. We have a supplied set of parts. We run anything from packings to rods to pistons to rider bands to lubricator pumps. We have our own inventory warehouse that we keep everything in our own Orville system for which we charge parts out, and if we need anything from time to time we’ll call that supplier and we’ll ship it up to us.  Ariel is a good compressor. It runs, from what we’ve seen, have had very little issues with any of the compressors we’ve had. The run times on the compressors are by far the best that we’ve seen.