DEFS Opens OK Pipeline, Consolidates Processing

Duke Energy Field Services (DEFS) began service on its newly constructed 12-inch, 42-mile natural gas pipeline, which travels from the company's Carney processing facility to its Kingfisher plant near Cashion, OK. The company said the line is capable of moving 60 MMcf/d.

DEFS said that the new pipeline will increase gas flows from areas that have been constrained due to lack of gas processing capacity. With the new capacity, DEFS will be able to consolidate its West Guthrie and West Edmond processing facilities into the more efficient Kingfisher plant. The Kingfisher expansion, scheduled for completion by March, will increase current processing capacity at the location from 135 MMcf/d to 165 MMcf/d.

"The Kingfisher plant expansion will accommodate gas volumes from West Edmund and West Guthrie as well as excess gas from the Carney area," said Michael Bradley, senior vice president, Northern division. "This project benefits both DEFS and its customers by increasing efficiencies and providing much needed capacity for the new gas supplies being developed in this growing area in Oklahoma. While our initial plans called for the closing of the Carney Plant as well, we recognize that the significant production growth in the area may require that it remain open indefinitely."

DEFS said it also intends to construct another pipeline in Oklahoma by July to further consolidate facilities. The 26 MMcf/d pipeline would travel from DEFS' Goldsby Processing Plant to its nearby Mustang and Chitwood facilities south of Oklahoma City. A portion of production being processed at Chitwood will be redirected to DEFS' Sholem Plant. Once the expansion is completed, the company said it will be able to close the Goldsby facility all together.

Alex Steis

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