ONEOK Partners LP said Monday it wants to build a 440-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline that would extend from southern Oklahoma through the Barnett Shale in North Texas to the Texas Gulf Coast.

The proposed Arbuckle Pipeline, estimated to cost $260 million, could be completed by early 2009 if all the necessary permits are obtained. The 12- and 16-inch diameter pipe would originate in Stephens County, OK, and be designed to initially transport 160,000 b/d of raw NGLs for delivery into the Mont Belvieu, TX, market center.

The proposed pipeline would interconnect with the partnership's existing fractionation facility at Mont Belvieu and other Gulf Coast-area fractionators.

"Much like our previously announced Overland Pass Pipeline expansion into the Rocky Mountain region, the Arbuckle Pipeline will provide access to another area of rapidly growing natural gas liquids production, the Barnett Shale play in Texas," said CEO John W. Gibson. "These areas are two of the most active for natural gas drilling in the country."

The 750-mile Overland Pass Pipeline would extend from southwestern Wyoming to Conway, KS (see Daily GPI, May 4, 2006). The $433 million project is a joint venture between a subsidiary of ONEOK Partners and a subsidiary of Williams.

To see a map of the proposed Arbuckle Pipeline, click here.

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