The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Industrial Siting Council indicated earlier in June it plans to meet this summer to consider Williams Companies’ plans to spend $223 million to expand the processing and natural gas liquid (NGL) production capacities at the Echo Springs processing plant in Carbon County, WY.

Wyoming’s siting council reviews the possible social and environmental effects of proposed industrial facilities in the state. Permits from the council are required for any construction project with a final cost of $170 million or more.

The Wyoming environmental department contends that its work provides benefits to businesses and indirectly to all of its citizens “by minimizing environmental pollution, enabling responsible economic development and restoring previously polluted and hazardous sites.” Residents and visitors alike “benefit from the quality of life we share in this great state,” the environmental department said on its website.

From Williams’ standpoint, it is proposing an expansion that will add approximately 350 MMcfe/d of processing capacity and 30,000 b/d of NGL production capacity, roughly doubling the plant’s volumes in both cases (see Daily GPI, May 22).

Williams expects to bring the additional capacity on-line during late 2010, subject to all applicable permitting. Once the expansion is complete, the plant’s processing capacity will be 740 MMcfe/d and its NGL production capacity will be 60,000 b/d.

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