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Briefs -- Energy Transfer, Azure Midstream, Chestnut Ridge Storage

Energy Transfer Partners LP affiliate ETP Crude LLC is holding a binding open season through Sept. 4 for the Delaware Basin Crude Gathering Pipeline, which would have the capacity to accept 120,000 b/d of crude oil from receipt points in the Permian Basin’s Reeves County, TX, and Lea County, NM, for transportation to delivery points in Loving County, TX, and Lea County. Interstate service would be subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The project would consist of three separate gathering systems with an aggregate of about 130 miles of pipe and would deliver oil into the Sunoco Logistics Partners LP Delaware Basin Extension. The pipeline is projected to be in service in the first half of 2016. For information, visit www.energytransfer.com/ops_etp_crude.aspx.

Dallas-based Azure Midstream Energy LLC, owner of Azure Midstream Partners LP, is expanding the Holly Gas Gathering System, which is mainly located within the DeSoto, Red River and Caddo parishes in North Louisiana and currently serves the Haynesville and Bossier shale formations and the liquids-rich Cotton Valley formation. Construction has begun on Azure's Holly Production Optimization Project, which will extend the core Holly footprint and reduce line pressures, maximizing the utilization of the 2.1 Bcf/d capacity system. Reducing pressure on Holly from more than 1,200 pounds per cubic inch to 500 pounds per cubic inch enhances volume deliverability from new and existing production. Azure will also add a nine-mile extension of 12-inch diameter gathering pipeline. The lateral will connect existing dedicated production on the northwest side of Holly and connect to several prospective undeveloped sections dedicated from existing anchor producers. The lateral can have initial throughput of 40 MMcf/d with potential to add "substantially more supply" in 2016, Azure said. The project will also add 15,000 hp of compression with ultimate capacity of 600 MMcf/d and is expected to be in service by October. Azure expects the total cost of the project to be $24 million.

Chestnut Ridge Storage LLC is holding a nonbinding open season for gas storage capacity and deliverability to be offered at the Junction Natural Gas Storage Facility, which is under development. The proposed facility is to be constructed within the West Summit Field, which is in Fayette County, PA, and the counties of Monongalia and Preston, WV. An open season for the initial 15 Bcf of working capacity ends Sept. 15. After evaluating open season submissions, Chestnut Ridge will seek to execute definitive precedent storage service agreements with successful bidders. Junction Storage will be a multi-cycle, high deliverability facility with up to 25 BCF of working capacity and 500,000 Dth/d of peak injection and withdrawal capabilities. The project includes interconnects with the Columbia Gas TransmissionDominion TransmissionEquitrans andTexas Eastern pipeline systems near the town of Waynesburg, PA. Affiliates of eCORP International LLC and investors own Chestnut Ridge. eCORP is a Houston-based privately held energy company engaged in the development of gas storage, natural gas pipelines and unconventional resource plays. For information on the open season visit www.ecorpintl.com.

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