By AMY GAREIS     News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – Harrison County can expect a job boon within the next year after a Colorado-based energy company announced plans to expand with processing sites for the Marcellus and Utica shale.

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, of Denver, a limited partnership, which deals with natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil, is eyeing the formation of two processing plants in Harrison and Monroe counties. The move would create upwards of 700 construction jobs and 40 full-time, long-term company positions in 2013 with room for additional jobs in the future.

Michael Sliva, president of Cadiz Community Improvement Corp., confirmed the deal and said local leaders have worked with the company over the past few months to shore up the Harrison deal. Further details such as the timeline and location of the facilities have not yet been disclosed, but according a MarkWest Energy press release, the first phase includes both processing complexes and 100,000 barrels per day of fractionation, storage and marketing capacity in Harrison County. The complexes will serve multiple Eastern Ohio counties that comprise the majority of the liquids-rich core of the Utica, while the Harrison site will include 200 million cubic feet of cryogenic processing capacity and is expected to begin initial operations in mid-2013.

More information is available in this week’s print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.