June 30, 2016 -11:15 AM - 3:30 PM
Dennis P. Kelly, Senior Specialist – Health and Safety - Sunoco Logistics Partners LP
The Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia
and eastern Ohio are best known for their prolific deposits of natural gas. Less well known is the vast quantities of natural gas liquids such as propane, butane and ethane produced each day. These liquid products are extracted from the gas stream and brought to market by pipeline.
Sunoco Logistics Partners and the Sunoco Pipeline move thousands of barrels per day of ethane from third-party fractionation facilities in Butler and Washington Counties through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan to a major chemical manufacturer in Sarnia, Ontario. The same fractionator in Washington County ships ethane and propane east across Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County, where NGL is transported by gas carriers to domestic and international markets.
Delmont, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County is a key facility in this process. 50 miles of brand new pipeline from Washington County terminates at Delmont Pump Station, where NGL is redirected eastward through the original Atlantic Pipe Line across the mountains to Mechanicsburg, Reading, and on to Marcus Hook. Delmont receives large quantities of propane for additional pipeline injection through a unique truck-to-pipeline injection system as well as the propane/ethane produced in Washington County.
Our day begins with lunch at the Lamplighter, conveniently located on Route 22 in Delmont. Following a presentation describing the pipeline system, origin points, NGL properties and potential hazards and other discussion, we will proceed for a tour of the Delmont Pump Station close by The Lamplighter restaurant. We will see the major components of the pump station, including manifolds, valving, bypasses, pig traps, flare stack, filter vessels, the main line multi-stage centrifugal pump and 10,000-hp motor. We will point out the various safety features of this fully-automated facility.
As this is an ACTIVE, OPERATING facility, the following safety requirements must be followed: All visitors MUST wear hard hats, safety glasses, safety-toed footwear and FR clothing (shirt and pants or coveralls; lab coats must be full length). Obviously smoking is prohibited in the NGL facility! In addition, ALL electronic devices of ANY description are PROHIBITED and MUST remain in your vehicle. This includes cell phones, cameras, fit bits, GPS devices or any such like. If it has a battery and some sort of electronics – leave it in your vehicle please!
11:15 AM Registration / Check-In at The Lamplighter
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 Presentation
1:45 Depart for Sunoco Pump Station
(Rt. 66 N., Delmont - 2 mi. from Lamplighter)
2:00-3:00 Tour facility (including dress in required PPE), Q&A
3:30 PM Conclude Tour
UPDATE: The Tour is Full! You can still register for lunch and presentation, but will be put on a wait-list for any spots that open due to cancellations. Email Christy Kirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.