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KENSINGTON, Ohio - The head of the Ohio EPA joined local officials for an up-close tour of the new gas processing plant in Kensington in Columbiana county.

The cryogenic processing plant, operated by Uitica East Ohio Buckeye, is a prime example of mid-stream oil and gas development. The plant processes natural gas and gas liquids that come out of the ground at the well head.

The plant manager says while it may look like a jumble of tanks and pipes it's state of the art technology that separates the gas that goes to our homes from the liquid hydrocarbons, like ethane, propane, butane and natural gasoline

Only three months into production the plant is already processing 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from 100 wells. At the same time the facility is already involved in new construction.

300 to 500 skilled trades workers are involved in a large scale expansion to add a second cryogenic tower.

"That will be in service by the first of December of this year, we also have pilings set for a third tower, which will be 200 million per day for a total build out of 600-million cubic feet a day" said Plant Supervisor Grant Hammer.

The plant will also be used to train new employees and local officials say jobs and income is a great take away for the county.

"It's an opportunity for the young people in our county to have a start,  very similar to what went on with Lordstown in the 60's" said County Commissioner Mike Halleck.

Commissioner Jim Hoppel says it's putting money in people's pockets and to spend at local businesses.

"All the extra money in the county that's being spent, that helps our sales tax" Hoppel said.

Company officials say the Kensington plant will be around for 50 years.

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