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Crosstex Completes Barnett Shale Pipe System

Dallas-based Crosstex Energy LP last week said construction of its $115 million, 24-inch diameter North Texas Pipeline (NTPL) facilities has been completed. The system covers more than 140 miles across six North Texas counties and is designed to gather and transport natural gas out of the prolific Barnett Shale.

A portion of the NTPL was put into service in early February, and the remaining portion of the system began flowing last Tuesday, Crosstex said. The pipeline, first announced in late 2004, begins at a point just north of Fort Worth and will interconnect with Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, Houston Pipeline Co. and Kinder Morgan Texas in Lamar County, TX (see NGI, Feb. 28, 2005).

Initially, the line has the capacity to deliver 250 MMcf/d. With added compression, capacity could increase to 375 MMcf/d. Gas production from the Barnett Shale now averages 1.4 Bcf/d, with predicted growth of up to 3 Bcf/d in the next three-to-five years.

"The continued growth in production of the Barnett Shale constitutes tremendous opportunity, and we wanted to be a major player in this growth," said CEO Barry E. Davis. "We have found that the 'if you build it, they will come' message holds true in the midstream market."

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