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MarkWest Energy Partners Announces Closing of Common Unit Offering, including Full Exercise of Over-Allotment Option

DENVER, Oct 13, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) announced today the closing of its previously announced public offering of 5,750,000 common units at $45.52 per unit, which includes 750,000 common units purchased pursuant to the full exercise of the underwriters' over-allotment option. MarkWest intends to use a portion of the approximately $251 million in net proceeds from the offering, after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions, and offering expenses, to repay borrowings under its revolving credit facility. MarkWest intends to use the remaining net proceeds to provide working capital for general partnership purposes.

Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, RBC Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint book-running managers for the offering. A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus associated with this offering may be obtained from the underwriters as follows:

Morgan Stanley
Attn: Prospectus Dept.
180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10014
Toll-Free: (866) 718-1649

BofA Merrill Lynch
Attn: Prospectus Department
4 World Financial Center
New York, New York 10080

Attention: Prospectus Dept.
Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street, 8th floor,
Brooklyn, New York 11220
Toll-free number: (800) 831-9146

RBC Capital Markets
Attn: Equity Syndicate
Three World Financial Center
200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10281
Telephone: (877) 822-4089

Wells Fargo Securities
Attention: Equity Syndicate Dept.
375 Park Ave.
New York, New York 10152
Toll-free number: (800) 326-5897

An electronic copy of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus is available from the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) web site at The common units are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement that MarkWest previously filed with the SEC.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state.

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 operations, financial performance, and other factors as discussed in 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 filed with the SEC, including MarkWest's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.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.

SOURCE: MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.

MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.
Frank Semple, 866-858-0482
Chairman, President & CEO
Nancy Buese, 866-858-0482
Senior VP and CFO
Dan Campbell, 866-858-0482
VP of Finance & Treasurer