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Growing Delaware Basin Prompts Residue Gas Pipeline Plans

Western Gas Partners LP's Delaware Basin Express LLC is holding a nonbinding open season through Sept. 30 for a new pipeline that would serve portions of Reeves, Loving and Ward counties in Texas with capacity from the Delaware Basin to the Waha Hub.

The pipeline would run from the tailgate of the Ramsey Gas Processing Plant in northern Reeves County to the downstream intrastate pipelines located in the Waha area near Coyanosa, TX. Additional receipt connections could be added at the tailgates of the MiVida Gas Processing Plant and Bone Spring Gas Processing Plant. Initial capacity would be 600,000 Dth/d of residue gas to the Waha Hub area, and this could be increased to up to 1,600,000 Dth/d with the addition of compression.

The pipeline could be in service during the fourth quarter of 2016.

The Delaware Basin is one of the six Permian Basin sub-basins that combined have accounted for the bulk of the Permian's 60% increase in oil output since 2007, according to a brief from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. "With the continued growth in the Delaware Basin there is significant demand from producers for additional takeaway capacity, especially to the Waha Hub and its premium downstream markets," said Western Gas Partners CEO Don Sinclair.

For information, contact Lance Riley, West Texas commercial development manager, at, (832) 636-7104, or visit

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