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Cameron Meadows Plant Back at 300 MMcf/d, Full Capacity Expected 2Q

The Williams Cameron Meadows gas processing plant in southern Louisiana returned to service at partial capacity of 300 MMcf/d last week. The plant had been out of service since Hurricane Rita, and Williams cautioned that spot outages were possible over the several days following the restart.

Cameron Meadows was significantly damaged Sept. 24 when Rita passed through Johnson's Bayou and Cameron Parish (see NGI, Oct 3, 2005). Plant compressors and engines were filled with salt water and dirt, and the plant's control room, administrative office and warehouse were essentially destroyed.

So far, the larger of the plant's two main cryogenic processing units has been restored. As many as 100 workers have been on site during peak activity, removing debris, modifying piping, refurbishing motors, turbines and engines and replacing instrumentation. Repairs are now under way on the second cryogenic unit, and full capacity operation (500 MMcf/d) is expected in the second quarter.

Williams' Transco Station 44, a separation, dehydration and compression facility, shares a fence line with the Cameron Meadows plant. Station 44 returned to service Nov. 1.

Damage to the plant was covered by insurance, and Williams took a reserve for the insurance deductible in 3Q 2005.

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