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|MarkWest Energy Partners Announces Completion of Acquisition of Langley Natural Gas Processing Complex from EQT Corporation|
DENVER and PITTSBURGH—Feb. 1, 2011— MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (MarkWest) (NYSE: MWE) and EQT Corporation (EQT) (NYSE: EQT) today announced the closing of MarkWest’s previously announced acquisition of EQT’s natural gas processing complex in Langley, Kentucky and an associated natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline for $230 million.
The acquisition includes a 100 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) cryogenic processing plant, a 75 MMcf/d refrigeration processing plant, approximately 28,000 horsepower of compression, and a partially constructed NGL pipeline that MarkWest will complete. In conjunction with the acquisition, MarkWest executed a long-term agreement with EQT to provide processing services for EQT’s Kentucky Huron shale gas and to extend its existing agreement with EQT to provide NGL transportation, fractionation, and marketing services.
"We are very pleased to complete the acquisition of the Langley processing facility and NGL pipeline, which will expand our extensive midstream capabilities in the Marcellus and Huron/Berea shales," said Frank Semple, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MarkWest. "We are also excited about the quality group of EQT employees who have joined the MarkWest team. We have been a leader in providing fully integrated midstream services in the Northeast for more 20 years and the new facilities and enhanced organization in Kentucky will strengthen our capabilities and provide long-term value to MarkWest and to EQT."
"We look forward to working with MarkWest in support of the development of our liquids rich plays, Marcellus Shale in West Virginia and Huron Shale in Kentucky," said David Porges, President and Chief Executive Officer of EQT.
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.is a master limited partnership engaged in the gathering, transportation, and processing of natural gas; the transportation, fractionation, marketing, and storage of natural gas liquids; and the gathering and transportation of crude oil. MarkWest has extensive natural gas gathering, processing, and transmission operations in the southwest, Gulf Coast, and northeast regions of the United States, including the Marcellus Shale, and is the largest natural gas processor in the Appalachian region.
This press release includes "forward-looking statements." All statements other than statements of historical facts included or incorporated herein may constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary significantly from those expressed or implied in such statements and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Although MarkWest believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, MarkWest can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that affect MarkWest’s operations, financial performance, and other factors as discussed in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the factors that could cause results to differ materially are those risks discussed in the periodic reports MarkWest files with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. You are urged to carefully review and consider the cautionary statements and other disclosures made in those filings, specifically those under the heading "Risk Factors." MarkWest does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement except as required by law.
EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission and distribution. Additional information about the company can be obtained through the company's web site,http://www.eqt.com; Investor information is available on that site at http://ir.eqt.com. EQT Corporation uses its web site as a channel of distribution of important information about the company, and routinely posts financial and other important information regarding the company and its financial condition and operations on the Investors web pages.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC advised EQT on this transaction.
EQT Cautionary Statements
Disclosures in this press release contain forward-looking statements. Statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts are forward-looking. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include EQT's guidance regarding the availability of processing capacity and NGL transportation, fractionation and marketing services following the transaction. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements on current expectations and assumptions about the future events. While EQT considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond EQT's control. The risks and uncertainties that may affect the operations, performance and results of EQT's business and forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those set forth under Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of EQT's Form 10-K filed for the year ended December 31, 2009 and in the company’s 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as updated by any subsequent Form 10-Qs.
Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and the company does not intend to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.