Wyoming

WIC Seeks to Boost Take-Away Capacity in Uintah Basin

Wyoming Interstate Co. LTD, (WIC) a pipeline subsidiary of El Paso Corp., has filed an application to build a major supply lateral and mainline compression facilities to satisfy the growing demand for take-away capacity in the Uintah Basin in Utah.

November 7, 2006

Patriot Teams Up with Bill Barrett Corp. in Big Horn Basin

Investment fund Patriot Exploration Co. Inc. said Wednesday it will contribute $14.5 million to a joint gas development project in the Big Horn Basin of northwestern Wyoming with Denver-based Bill Barrett Corp. The partnership will cover drilling on more than 160,000 net and 217,000 gross acres in the basin, which the Potential Gas Committee estimates holds 3.14 Tcf of gas but is significantly underexplored.

August 28, 2006

Patriot Teams Up with Bill Barrett Corp. in Big Horn Basin

Investment fund Patriot Exploration Co. Inc. said Wednesday it will contribute $14.5 million to a joint gas development project in the Big Horn Basin of northwestern Wyoming with Denver-based Bill Barrett Corp. The partnership will cover drilling on more than 160,000 net and 217,000 gross acres in the basin, which the Potential Gas Committee estimates holds 3.14 Tcf of gas but is significantly underexplored.

August 24, 2006

Industry Briefs

Houston-based independent Ultra Petroleum Corp., which explores for natural gas in the Green River Basin of Wyoming and offshore China, plans to file a 15-day automatic extension notification with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2005 after identifying “certain deficiencies in its internal controls,” the company said in a statement. The extension will allow the company more time to prepare its consolidated financial statements and the work required to complete management’s assessment of internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley and the rules of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Ultra said it will disclose weaknesses in its financial reporting system and related remediation activities in its Form 10-K. Ultra expects to make its filing by March. 31.

March 17, 2006

Enterprise, TEPPCO to Jointly Expand Jonah System to 2 Bcf/d

TEPPCO Partners LP and an affiliate of Enterprise Products Partners LP are teaming up to expand the Jonah Gas Gathering System in the Green River Basin of southwestern Wyoming to 2 Bcf/d from 1.5 Bcf/d. The expansion, expected to be completed in 4Q2006, will cost about $200 million.

February 21, 2006

El Paso’s WIC Pipeline Announces Uinta Basin Expansion

El Paso’s Wyoming Interstate Co. (WIC) announced Wednesday its plans to build the Uinta Basin expansion project, which would provide additional natural gas transportation capacity out of eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin. Kerr-McGee, a major producer in the Rockies with growing Uinta Basin volumes,. has signed an agreement for firm transportation capacity and will anchor the expansion project.

November 10, 2005

Transportation Notes

The Jonah Gas Gathering System behind the Opal Plant in Wyoming declared force majeure Thursday due to the fact that Wednesday’s scheduled work by operator TEPPCO (see Daily GPI, Oct. 5) incurred unforeseen problems that extended the anticipated downtime of 15 hours. Because of this, Jonah was required to make Cycle III cuts at the Opal Plant for Thursday’s gas day, according to a posting by Sherry Anderson, TEPPCO’s commercial operations manager. Kern River, which derives much of its supply at Opal, said it was informed by TEPPCO that the total cut was approximately 100,000 dekatherms. Kern River encouraged customers with Opal gas to contact their suppliers to see how they might have been affected.

October 7, 2005

WIC Gets Final Environmental Nod for Piceance Expansion Project

FERC on Friday gave El Paso Corp. subsidiary Wyoming Interstate Co. Ltd. (WIC) final environmental clearance to carry out an expansion of its system to transport additional natural gas production out of the central Rocky Mountains.

August 15, 2005

Transportation Notes

Plant operator Williams Field Services declared force majeure after the Opal Plant in Wyoming experienced an emergency shutdown due to a power outage about 5:25 p.m. MDT Thursday, but the plant outage ended around 1 a.m. Friday, according to a representative of Jonah Gathering System behind Opal. A WFS spokesman later confirmed that the outage didn’t last much more than six hours and operations were resumed immediately after the power was restored. However, WFS made this bulletin board posting Friday: “As a result of this situation field units across the system were knocked offline. Field technicians continue to work diligently to bring gas back onto the system. Nominations were kept whole for gas day 04/07/05; however, Williams will need to make up the interconnect pipeline shortfall by lowering the EFM tolerance going forward until the imbalance has been eliminated. Shippers should expect to see market cuts for the next several days.” Kern River was reporting low linepack Friday in its farthest upstream segment (Muddy Creek to Elberta), which a spokesman confirmed was a result of the Opal shortfall. Kern River encouraged shippers in that segment to resolve any due-pipeline imbalance paybacks.

April 11, 2005

El Paso’s WIC Files Application to Boost Deliveries Out of Rocky Mountain Region

El Paso Corp. pipeline subsidiary Wyoming Interstate Co. Ltd. (WIC) has filed an application at FERC seeking the go-ahead to carry out an expansion of its system to transport additional natural gas production out of the Rocky Mountain region.

February 7, 2005