Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APL)("APL", "Atlas Pipeline", or the "Partnership") announced today that the Partnership has placed in service its new 200 MMcfd cryogenic processing plant, the Driver processing facility, on its WestTX system in the Permian Basin of Texas and has completed connection of an additional natural gas liquid ("NGL") takeaway pipeline at its WestOK system, which is located in the Mississippi Lime and Anadarko Basin areas of Oklahoma and Kansas.
The Driver processing facility was placed in service on April 12, 2013 and increases the overall processing capacity on the WestTX system to 455 MMcfd. The new plant has been installed to facilitate continued production from the oil and liquids-rich Permian Basin, including the Spraberry and Wolfberry formations, among others. The Driver facility is expected to run in start-up mode producing reduced volumes as the plant is tested and other measurements are taken, which is expected to continue for approximately two weeks.
In addition to the start-up of the Driver facility, APL's WestOK system in the Mississippi Lime has recently increased its NGL takeaway capacity through connection to DCP Midstream Partners, L.P.'s Southern Hills NGL pipeline. The Southern Hills pipeline, connected to WestOK on April 2, 2013, supports NGL production from the Waynoka II facility, a new 200 MMcfd cryogenic processing facility which was placed in service last September.