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Meritage continues Eagle Ford gathering expansion

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Nov. 18 -- Meritage Midstream Services has completed its Fasken Ranch natural gas lateral pipeline, an extension to the company’s Eagle Ford Escondido Gathering System in Webb County, Tex.

The 14½-mile, 12-in. OD pipeline extends Meritage Midstream’s gas gathering system to the northwest into Swift Energy Co.’s Fasken operating area. Swift Energy will have up to 40 MMcfd firm capacity on the new pipeline. Swift has set a preliminary 2011 capital budget of $430-450 million, 75-80% of which it plans to spend in South Texas (OGJ Online, Nov. 10, 2010).

Meritage is also building a 10½-mile, 16-in. OD extension to the southeast to increase takeaway capacity in the Eagle Ford shale. The company expects this line to enter service early-2011.

Meritage says it will expand treating capacity at its South Calahan facility as volumes on the gathering system increase.

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