Industry Briefs

Apache Canada Ltd. and Chevron Canada Ltd. have completed the previously announced transaction making them 50-50 partners in the Kitimat LNG [liquefied natural gas] plant in British Columbia, the Pacific Trail Pipelines and 644,000 gross undeveloped acres in the Horn River and Liard basins. After a brief transition, Chevron Canada will assume operatorship of the LNG plant and the pipeline. Apache Canada increased its ownership in the LNG plant and pipeline from 40% and will operate the upstream assets. Apache’s net proceeds from the transaction were $405 million. Encana Corp. and EOG Resources, formerly 30% nonoperating owners in Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipelines, sold their interests and exited the venture (see Daily GPI, Dec. 26, 2012).

February 12, 2013

EMG Increases Capital Contribution to Utica Midstream Venture

Based on success to date in developing a midstream system in the Utica Shale, The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) said it plans to spend an additional $450 million for its joint venture (JV) with MarkWest Energy Partners LP.

February 7, 2013

Oneok Partners to Expand Williston NGL Capacity

Oneok Partners LP Thursday launched plans to invest up to $500 million between now and 2015 to build additional natural gas liquids (NGL) infrastructure in some of its Midcontinent operations, with the bulk of the funds earmarked for the Williston Basin.

January 22, 2013

Templar Energy Makes First Move in Anadarko Basin

Templar Energy LLC, a newly formed exploration and production company, has completed its first acquisition in the Anadarko Basin, an asset package that includes about 7,000 net acres in Oklahoma’s Ellis and Roger Mills counties in Oklahoma, according the company’s financial backer, First Reserve Corp.

January 16, 2013

For Third Consecutive Year, Comstock Targets Oil in South, West Texas

Comstock Resources Inc. announced Monday that it plans to spend about $420 million on exploration and development activities in 2013, with a drilling program focused on its oil-weighted holdings in South and West Texas — in the Eagle Ford Shale and Wolfbone and Wolfcamp formations in the Permian Basin, respectively.

January 8, 2013

Industry Brief

An expansion of Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline is nearing completion and will increase capacity from about 150,000 b/d to about 400,000 b/d, said Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline LLC, a joint venture of Enterprise Products Partners and Enbridge Inc. Seaway suspended service on its 500-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline to complete the remaining pump station connections. Service is expected to resume by Jan. 11. In addition to the pipeline that transports crude oil from Cushing, OK, to the Gulf Coast, the Seaway system is composed of a terminal and distribution network originating in Texas City, TX, which serves refineries locally and in the Houston area. The Seaway system also includes dock facilities at Freeport and Texas City. Further expansion of the system is planned to be completed in 2014 (see Shale Daily, March 28, 2012).

January 4, 2013

Volume of Comments Pushes Fracking Rule to 2013

Don’t expect the Department of Interior to come out with a final rule addressing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public lands before the end of the year, said an official representing exploration and production interests in the West.

December 14, 2012

Crosstex Expanding Louisiana NGL Facilities

Crosstex Energy LP is proceeding with Phase II of its Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline extension and fractionator expansion in Louisiana.

December 12, 2012

Industry Brief

DCP Midstream LLC and DCP Midstream Partners LP said they are constructing the Goliad cryogenic gas processing plant to serve liquids-rich production from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. The plant will have capacity of 200 MMcf/d and will become part of the DCP Eagle Ford system providing Eagle Ford producers one-stop service from the plant tailgate to Gulf Coast market centers, the partners said. The plant will be constructed and funded by the previously announced DCP Eagle Ford Joint Venture formed Nov. 1, which is owned two-thirds by DCP Midstream and one-third by DCP Midstream Partners. It is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2014. The plant will be the seventh in South Texas owned by the DCP enterprise.

December 10, 2012

Atlas Pipeline Expands with Cardinal Purchase

Atlas Pipeline Partners LP (APL) on Monday agreed to pay $600 million for all of the operating assets of privately held Cardinal Midstream LLC, which would give it cryogenic processing plants, associated gathering pipelines and a gas treatment business that includes facilities in the Woodford, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Fayetteville shales, as well as the Granite Wash and Avalon formations.

December 6, 2012