Industry Brief

Copano Energy LLC plans to add an additional 400 MMcf/d of cryogenic processing capacity at its Houston Central complex in Colorado County, TX, to meet demand from producers in the liquids rich Eagle Ford Shale. The expansion would bring Copano’s cryogenic capacity at the facility to 1 Bcf/d. The project is expected to cost $190 million and be in service mid-2014. Copano also announced a new long-term fee-based gathering and processing agreement with a “major” Eagle Ford producer, which combined with previously announced producer commitments, will support the expansion. Copano had previously announced plans for an initial 400 MMcf/d cryogenic processing expansion at Houston Central, which is expected to be in service during the first quarter of 2013 (see Shale Daily, April 21, 2011). “This second cryogenic expansion project reaffirms our commitment to being a leading midstream service provider in the Eagle Ford shale,” said CEO R. Bruce Northcutt.

May 11, 2012

BHP Unleashes $708M for Second Mad Dog Platform in Deepwater Gulf

BHP Billiton has agreed to provide $708 million in pre-commitment funding for phase two of the BP plc-operated Mad Dog project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

May 9, 2012

Oil & Gas Industry Fires Back on Pennsylvania Act 13 Challenge

A collection of companies and industry groups have asked to intervene in a lawsuit filed by seven Pennsylvania municipalities against recently passed shale legislation.

April 10, 2012

Economics Replacing Supply Concerns for Ethane

Will ethane production from shale plays in Appalachia support all of the ethane projects proposed for the region?

March 21, 2012

Industry Briefs

Enterprise Products Partners LP unit Texas Express Pipeline LLC is holding a binding open commitment period through Nov. 9 for capacity on a proposed natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline. Texas Express would originate in Skellytown, TX, in Carson County and extend 580 miles to NGL fractionation and storage facilities in Mont Belvieu, TX. The project is part of a joint venture that includes Enbridge Energy Partners LP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (see Daily GPI, Sept. 7). Initial capacity would be 280,000 b/d; the pipeline is expected to begin service in 2Q2013. For information contact Buford Barr at (713) 381-8354, or; or Bryan McFarland at (713) 381-2468, or

October 10, 2011

California OKs $16M to Promote Clean Transportation Fuels

The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced Tuesday approval of $16 million to fund a variety of projects demonstrating the state’s continuing commitment to cleaner transportation fuel choices and added jobs in that emerging sector. State funds will leverage $96 million in private-sector matching money.

May 27, 2011

Cabot Passes 400 MMcf/d Milestone in Marcellus

Thanks to recent upgrades to a compression station in northeastern Pennsylvania, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. increased its Marcellus Shale production 35% in a single day, a sign of how infrastructure bottlenecks in Appalachia are crimping production rates.

May 26, 2011

Appalachian Midstream to Expand Bear Print System

Appalachian Midstream Partners (AMP) will use a $176 million equity commitment from Avista Capital Partners to develop and expand its Bear Print system to serve Marcellus Shale gas production in north central Pennsylvania, the Columbus, OH-based company said.

May 18, 2011

Magnum Hunter Spending to Target Eagle Ford Oil Window

Houston-based Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. plans to spend a good chunk of its 2011 drilling and operational budget not far from home — in the Eagle Ford Shale play of South Texas. In outlining recent drilling results there the company emphasized that it’s learning as it goes.

January 12, 2011

California’s Brown Recommits to Renewables

Promising “painful” budget recommendations to come, California Gov. Jerry Brown reaffirmed his commitment to renewable energy and efficiency programs as part of a sobering inaugural speech following his swearing in last Monday in Sacramento as the 39th governor of the state. Missing in his brief remarks was any mention of climate change, environmental issues or traditional fossil fuels.

January 10, 2011