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Ramsey Gas Plant in West Texas Shut In Following Fire

At about 10 a.m. CST Thursday a fire broke out at the 300 MMcf/d Ramsey Natural Gas Processing Plant in the Delaware Basin near Orla, TX. The plant is owned by Western Gas Partners LP, a unit of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

All of the approximately 200 people who were on site at the plant were accounted for, with two minor injuries reported, Anadarko spokesman John Christiansen said.

"Local sheriff's department and fire officials are on location, and all lines coming in and out of the plant have been isolated," he said Thursday afternoon. “The fire is contained to one area of the plant. We will provide additional information as appropriate."

In Spring 2014, Nuevo Midstream LLC completed a major capacity expansion at Ramsey before being acquired by Western Gas Partners that same year (see Shale DailyOct. 29, 2014). The expansion brought capacity at the plant to its current 300 MMcf/d.

Christiansen said the plant's current cryogenic capacity is 300 MMcf/d. At the time of the Nuevo transaction, total cryogenic processing capacity was expected to grow to 500 MMcf/d and amine treating capacity to 2,800 gpm this year. Through another expansion to be completed next year, an additional 400 MMcf/d cryogenic processing capacity and an additional 1,000 gpm amine treating capacity were to be added, bringing total capacity to 900 MMcf/d and total amine treating capacity to 3,800 gpm.

The Ramsey system has interconnections into the El Paso Natural Gas and DCP Sandhills pipelines.

Western Gas Partners' acquisition of Nuevo, at $1.5 billion, was its largest to date at the time. Western Gas Partners CEO Don Sinclair said at the time that the assets "are extremely valuable" to the company because of their location and the significant acreage position and development plans of Anadarko in the area.

"The...system that has over 150,000 dedicated acres plus volumetric commitments from high-quality producers," Sinclair said. The Delaware is a sub-basin of the Permian Basin.

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