Formed In December 2012 Blue Racer Midstream is a $1.5 billion joint venture between Caiman Energy II, LLC and Dominion (NYSE: D) dedicated to providing Utica Shale producers with midstream services and the ability to receive the highest value for their products. Known for its speed, the blue racer snake is indigenous to Ohio and the source of our name. With midstream assets already strategically located in the heart of the Utica and a robust expansion plan in place, the services provided by Blue Racer's supersystem of assets include natural gas gathering, compression, treating, processing and transportation; condensate handling; and the fractionation, storage, transportation and marketing of natural gas liquids. Blue Racer's management team has a strong history of rapid execution and the necessary capital, we are dedicated to keeping pace with producer drilling schedules in the Utica and providing our customers with maxium flexibility.
Dominion contributed existing midstream assets to Blue Racer including more than 500 miles of gathering lines that span the Utica Shale, the Natrium Natural Gas Processing & Fractionation Plant in Marshall County, West Virginia, and a Dominion Transmission pipeline connecting Natrium to the Dominion East Ohio gathering system. Caiman’s contribution includes $800 million in equity capital commitments and the experience and expertise required to manage and expand Dominion’s asset base.
Our Natrium complex in Marshall County West Virginia houses Natruium I, a 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) cryogenic processing plant, and a 46,000 barrel per day (Bbls/d) fractionator. Immediate expansion plans include construction of the Western Connector pipeline, the addition of Natrium II, a second 200 MMcf/d processing plant which is expected to come into service in March 2014, and expansion to 126,000 Bbls/d in fractionation capacity at Natrium by March 2015. Construction of an additional 200 MMcf/d processing plant is underway at our Berne complex in Monroe County, Ohio. Berne I is expected to come online by the end of Q3 2014. Additional processing facilities are expected at our Petersburg complex in Mahoning County, Ohio. Together the Natrium and Berne sites are large enough to accommodate 1 Bcf/d in processing capacity as activity in the play expands. Blue Racer is exploring an additional plant in Harrison County, Ohio (the Lewis facility) and will add a 60-mile ethane pipeline to ATEX when that system is completed.