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Briefs -- Utah Lease Sale, Enterprise Products

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Vernal field office is seeking public comment on the environmental assessment (EA) done regarding its plans to offer 28 parcels totaling about 12,225 acres for oil and natural gas leasing set for November this year. Maps and additional information are included in the EA. The public comment period will run through July 15, and BLM said it is particularly looking for the identification of issues germane to proposed sale or new technical or scientific information relevant to the case. "Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process," a BLM Utah spokesperson said.

Enterprise Products Partners LP plans to build a cryogenic natural gas processing facility and associated gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline infrastructure to accommodate production growth in the Delaware Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. A site for the plant, which will have a capacity of 300 MMcf/d and the capability to extract more than 40,000 b/d of NGLs, has yet to be determined. The project will include rich natural gas gathering lines, a residue pipeline to Waha and an NGL pipeline to Enterprise's Mid-America Pipeline system. These assets will be designed to integrate with the rest of the company's Delaware Basin infrastructure. The project is anchored by long-term commitments from a major producer, Enterprise said. The facility is expected to begin service in the second quarter of 2018. "This project, which complements our ongoing growth in the region, is the third cryogenic natural gas processing plant Enterprise has announced in less than 24 months, said Jim Teague, CEO of Enterprise's general partner. "The South Eddy facility began operations earlier this year, while our joint venture processing plant at Waha is expected to begin service in the third quarter of 2016. Altogether, these initiatives are expected to increase our processing capacity in the Delaware Basin to 800 MMcf/d, compared to 40 MMcf/d in 2012 [see Shale DailyMay 5April 30, 2015]."

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