Enterprise Products Partners LP has started the first train at its new cryogenic gas processing plant at Yoakum, TX. This facility has a design capacity of 300 MMcf/d and can extract 37,000 b/d of natural gas liquids. During the start-up period, the plant will process existing Eagle Ford Shale production in a reduced recovery mode to enable testing of the plant and supporting facilities and make adjustments to plant operations. Incoming gas volumes and recovery percentages at the facility will continue to increase throughout May, with full production from the plant expected by June 1. Prior to the start-up of the Yoakum plant, Enterprise had been utilizing capacity at processing plants owned by third parties. Most of these volumes will now be diverted and processed at the Yoakum facility. "The long-term outlook in the Eagle Ford Shale continues to show growth in rich gas production and Enterprise is well-positioned to help meet the need for midstream infrastructure through the cost-effective expansion of our integrated network," said Jim Teague, COO of Enterprise's general partner.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has joined 12 of his colleagues from other states in promoting wider use of natural gas for transportation. The governors sent letters to automakers requesting information on acquiring more natural gas vehicles (NGV) for state fleets. The states are gathering the information to prepare a multi-state solicitation for NGVs this summer, Mead said. The states joining the request with Wyoming were Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. Mead and the other governors stressed concerns over high gasoline prices and the fact that using more NGVs helps use more domestic resources rather than foreign oil. "If we can aggregate our purchasing power in order to get NGVs, it will build momentum for the production of these cars and trucks," according to their letters.

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