Fort Union Gathering Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule

The five partners of Fort Union Gas Gathering LLC announced the completion of a 200 MMcf/d expansion of the company's natural gas gathering system in Wyoming that is designed to accommodate the growing needs of producers in the Powder River Basin.

The approximately 62-mile expansion was satisfactorily tested and placed into service on Sept. 5, almost four weeks ahead of schedule and under budget, the Tulsa, OK-based company reported. The expansion increased the total gathering capacity of the Fort Union system to 634 MMcf/d.

The Fort Union Gas Gathering System extends about 106 miles from near Gillette, WY, to Glenrock, and interconnects with Colorado Interstate Gas Co.'s Powder River Lateral, KM Interstate's system, and Wyoming Interstate Co.'s Medicine Bow Lateral at Glenrock.

The Fort Union project specifically was tailored to meet expanding coalbed methane (CBM) gas production in the Powder River Basin, according to the company. The Fort Union system, it said, is considered a critical link in the CBM development in the basin.

The partners in Fort Union Gas Gathering, a limited liability company, include affiliates of CMS Energy Corp., Northern Border Partners L.P., Western Gas Resources Inc., El Paso Corp. and Williams.

Producers interested in seeking gathering services from Fort Union should contact: Terry McHendry, CMS Field Services Inc., (918) 560-4944; Mike Legler, Crestone Powder River LLC, (720) 946-3666; Chris Wilson, Western Gas Wyoming LLC, (303) 252-6061; Mike Jensen, Williams Production RMT Co., (918) 573-3885; or Scott Dalene, CIG Resources Co., (719) 520-4819. For further information, visit Fort Union's web site at www.fortuniongg.com.

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