MarkWest Energy Partners LP has completed its 200 MMcf/d Buffalo Creek cryogenic gas processing plant and associated high-pressure trunkline in the Granite Wash. The facility is supported by long-term, fee-based agreements with Chesapeake Energy Corp., which dedicated 130,000 acres throughout the Anadarko Basin. The completion of the plant increases the partnership's total processing capacity in the Anadarko Basin to 435 MMcf/d at two complexes. The Buffalo Creek facility and the 235 MMcf/d Arapahoe processing complex in western Oklahoma are connected through the partnership's rich-gas gathering system, which provides 575 MMcf/d of gathering capacity.
Phillips 66got the go-ahead from its board to proceed with both its Sweeny Fractionator One and Freeport Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Export Terminal projects, which combined represent an investment of more than $3 billion in Eagle Ford Shale country. The Sweeny Fractionator One will be in Old Ocean, TX, close to the company's Sweeny Refinery, and will supply purity natural gas liquids (NGL) products to the petrochemical industry and heating markets. Y-grade (mixed NGL) supply to the fractionator will come from nearby major pipelines, including the recently completed Sand Hills Pipeline, in which Phillips 66 owns a direct one-third interest. The 100,000 b/d NGL fractionator is expected to start up in the third quarter of 2015. The Freeport LPG Export Terminal will be located at the site of the company's existing marine terminal in Freeport, TX, and will supply petrochemical, heating and transportation markets globally. The terminal will have an initial export capacity of 4.4 million bbl per month, the equivalent of eight very large gas carriers, with a ship loading rate of 36,000 bbl per hour. Startup of the export terminal is expected in mid-2016.