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DEFS To Expand Much Needed Roggen

DEFS To Expand Much Needed Roggen

Duke Energy Field Services (DEFS) is planning on doubling natural gas processing capacity at its Roggen plant northeast of Denver because of an increase in gas production. The company will expand its working capacity from 25 MMcf/d to 55 MMcf/d over the course of the next year. Natural gas liquids would rise from 2,100 b/d to over 4,300 b/d the company said.

The expansion is necessary to meet the rising levels of natural gas supply from increased drilling and technology innovations in extracting existing proven gas reserves located in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado. The expansion also will allow producers to increase their production capabilities, and lift processing constraints.

"This project represents our second recent capacity expansion in the D-J Basin," said Michael J. Bradley, senior vice president of DEFS' Northern division. "In July 1999, we reactivated 25 MMcf/d of capacity at our Roggen Plant - incremental capacity that is now fully utilized."

Plans for the addition are already underway, with construction likely to begin in the third quarter. The processing plant is expected to be online in December. The gas liquids will be transported into Philips Pipe Line Company's natural gas liquid line. The line runs LNG from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming to the Texas Panhandle.

"The Roggen plant expansion is great news for all D-J Basin producers," said Jay Decker, president of Denver-based Patina Oil & Gas Corporation. "Patina has identified a significant number of low-risk, high rate-of-return development projects; however, many of these projects have been delayed due to current processing capacity constraints. The Roggen expansion will allow us to increase our development activity and continue growth in our production levels."

High line pressures and capacity constraints have affected the gas gathering systems and processing plants, which serve the Wattenberg Field. Patina has attributed the increased pressures and processing constraints, on an increase in production from numerous operators, and unusually high ambient temperatures. As a result, Patina's production in the second quarter was 8% above last year's second quarter results, but slightly below this year's first quarter numbers.

The company is currently working with DEFS to reduce line pressures and substantially increase capacity at the Roggen processing plant.

Alex Steis

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