CONE Midstream Partners (NYSE:CNNX) is a fee-based, growth-oriented master limited partnership that owns, operates, develops and acquires natural gas gathering and other midstream energy assets to service the rapidly growing production in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Our assets include natural gas gathering pipelines and compression and dehydration facilities, as well as condensate gathering, collection, separation and stabilization facilities. We generate all of our revenues under long-term, fixed-fee gathering agreements that are intended to mitigate our direct commodity price exposure and enhance the stability of our cash flows. Our gathering agreements also include substantial acreage dedications currently totaling approximately 500,000 net acres in the Marcellus Shale.
CONE Midstream was formed by CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) and Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL), whom we refer to as our Sponsors. Each of our Sponsors is a large, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with a substantial resource base and a history of growing production in its areas of operation. Our Sponsors hold one of the largest aggregate acreage positions in the Marcellus Shale, which is widely viewed as a premier North American shale play due to its significant hydrocarbon resources in place, consistent and predictable geology, high well recoveries relative to drilling and completion costs and proximity to high-demand metropolitan markets in the northeastern United States.
We believe that our strategically located assets, our relationship with our Sponsors and our Sponsors’ intention to use us as their primary midstream services company in the Marcellus Shale position us to become a leading midstream energy company.
Our primary business objectives are to generate stable and predictable cash flows and increase our quarterly cash distribution per unit over time. We intend to accomplish these objectives by executing the following strategies: