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Southcross Acquires Tauber Pipelines in Eagle Ford Shale

Southcross Energy has acquired from Tauber Pipeline LLC about 58 miles of 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-inch diameter natural gas pipelines in San Patricio and Refugio counties in South Texas, the Dallas-based midstream company said Tuesday. Terms were not released.

The pipelines are the former Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. (TGP) 4A and 5A systems, which Tauber acquired from TGP following TGP's receipt of abandonment authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this year (CP11-52).

Southcross said it will integrate the pipelines into its existing gathering and intrastate systems in South Texas, which will enhance its transmission capability.

Last month Southcross said it planned to construct a 200 MMcf/d gas processing plant in Refugio County to handle liquids-rich production from the Eagle Ford Shale (see Shale Daily, June 16). Southcross said it was also enhancing efficiency and increasing the capacity of its Gregory processing plant, 13 miles east of Corpus Christi, TX, in San Patricio County, to 135 MMcf/d. The projects would give the company processing capacity of 335 MMcf/d in the region. And earlier this year Southcross said it planned to construct a 25-mile, 20-inch diameter gas pipeline with lateral gathering lines and convert an existing dry pipeline system to rich gas service in order to gather gas for delivery to a McMullen County, TX, plant for processing (see Shale Daily, March 11).

Southcross currently operates more than 2,100 miles of pipeline and gathering assets, two gas processing plants and four gas treating plants in South Texas, Mississippi and Alabama.

Houston-based Tauber is a subsidiary of Tauber Oil Co., which develops oil and gas properties in Texas and Louisiana, purchases and markets gas and invests in drilling operations.

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