Blue Racer Midstream LLC, a joint venture between Caiman Energy II LLC and Dominion, has commissioned a second cryogenic processing plant at its Berne Natural Gas Processing Complex in Monroe County, Ohio. Known as Berne II, the new facility has 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of nameplate capacity, bringing Blue Racer’s total processing capacity in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays to 800 MMcf/d.
Two 200 MMcf/d plants are now in service at the Berne Complex, and two additional 200 MMcf/d plants are in service at Blue Racer’s Natrium Natural Gas Processing and Fractionation Complex in Marshall County, West Virginia. A 30-mile, Y-Grade pipeline connects the Berne Complex to Natrium. Fractionation capacity at Natrium has been expanded to 123,000 barrels per day, enough to serve at least six 200 MMcf/d cryogenic plants. Blue Racer expects to install and commission a fifth processing plant in the first half of 2016.
Over the course of the past year, Blue Racer’s processed volumes have more than tripled to their current level of 650 MMcf/d, while total gathered volumes, including lean gas, have more than doubled to over 825 MMcf/d.
Natrium Natural Gas Processing and Fractionation Complex
Blue Racer has long-term service agreements with 14 natural gas producers in the Utica and Marcellus shales. Acreage dedications to Blue Racer’s Super System total approximately 200,000 acres, and volumetric commitments total approximately 380 MMcf/d.
The gathering network consists of approximately 650 miles of gathering pipeline spanning 13 Ohio counties, from Trumbull County in the north to Washington County in the south. The gathering system also extends into Wetzel County, West Virginia. An additional 200 miles of gathering lines are under construction. Blue Racer recently completed a major expansion into Washington County, Ohio. The 17-mile Washington County Connector is a 20-inch, high-pressure pipeline that connects Washington County production to Blue Racer’s Berne facility. The line has the capacity to transport approximately 400 MMcf/d.