Sunoco: Mariner East 2, Despite Shutdown, Expected In Service By End Of June

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A Mariner East 2 construction site in Lebanon County. Sunoco says it expects to have the pipeline in service by the end of the second quarter, 2018.

JON HURDLE / STATEIMPACT PA A Mariner East 2 construction site in Lebanon County. Sunoco says it expects to have the pipeline in service by the end of the second quarter, 2018.

Sunoco said Thursday it aims to begin operating its Mariner East 2 pipeline across southern Pennsylvania by the end of the second quarter of this year, the same target it announced three months ago.

The company resumed construction in February after Pennsylvania regulators shut it down for about a month because of repeated environmental violations.

Despite the shutdown, 94 percent of the main pipeline is constructed, and 83 percent of its horizontal drills are underway or completed, said Tom Long, chief financial officer of Sunoco Pipeline’s parent, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), during a call on its fourth-quarter results.

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