ETP to build plants, expand gathering for Eagle Ford, Eaglebine production

Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP), Dallas, has reached long-term gas gathering and processing agreements with producers in the Eagle Ford in South Texas and Eaglebine in southeast Texas. These agreements, said the company, have prompted it to begin building two cryogenic gas processing plants and additional gathering pipelines.

East of the company’s La Grange, Tex., plant, ETP will build the 200-MMcfd East Texas gas plant scheduled to be in service by fourth-quarter 2015.

The 70-mile, 24-in. Volunteer Pipeline will deliver as much as 200 MMcfd of rich gas initially to the East Texas plant with resulting NGLs and residue gas delivered to Lone Star NGL LLC’s pipeline and ETP’s Southeast Bossier 42-in. gas pipeline.

The pipeline will be expandable to more than 400 MMcfd with addition of compression, the company said, and originate in eastern Brazos County, Tex., at an interconnection with ETP’s Southeast Texas gathering system.

That system consists of more than 5,000 miles of pipe and 80,000 hp of compression and will extend to ETP’s new East Texas plant. The pipeline is also to be built and in service by fourth-quarter 2015.

ETP also has begun building another 200-MMcfd cryogenic plant in the Eagle Ford that will be online by June 2015. It will be fully subscribed once it is on line, the company said, and deliver residue gas into ETP’s HPL intrastate pipeline system and the NGLs into Lone Star NGL’s pipeline system.

By yearend 2015, ETP said, it expects to have in service about 1.8 bcfd of cryogenic processing capacity in the Eagle Ford and Eaglebine plays with expected NGLs recovered reaching 250,000 b/d.

The East Texas plant, REM Eagle Ford plant II, and Volunteer pipeline, which ETP estimated to cost $375-410 million, will augment ETP’s presence in South and southeast Texas, where it has already spent more than $3 billion on pipelines, plants, and associated infrastructure in the last several years, said the company.

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