YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A top executive at NiSource Midstream Services LLC says that the first well serving the $300 million Hickory Bend gas gathering and processing project should be in operation in the next few weeks as construction on the system’s cryogenic plant in southern Mahoning County accelerates, as does the potential for expansion.

“We’re developing an area that will allow for multiple plants to be sited,” NiSource chief operating officer Chad Zamarin told The Business Journal Tuesday. “When we do come back and expand the location, it can be done at very little impact.”

Preparation for the $150 million plant is under way with 200 local excavators, operating engineers and laborers on site near the intersection of Middletown and Stateline roads in Springfield Township, Zamarin said. He was in town to meet with local officials and reporters to discuss the project.

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