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Eagle Rock to expand processing in Granite Wash play

Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP, Houston, will build a 125-MMcfd high-efficiency cryogenic processing plant in Wheeler County, Tex., in the Texas Panhandle’s Granite Wash natural gas play.

Company plans call for construction of the Wheeler plant and associated systems to be completed in early fourth-quarter 2012.

In addition, the company said construction of the 30-MMcfd expansion of its Phoenix-Arrington Ranch plant is complete and expects it shortly to be operating fully at 80 MMcfd.

Eagle Rock Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joseph A. Mills noted that, when combined with the Phoenix-Arrington Ranch plant expansion and installation of previously announced Woodall plant (OGJ Online, Aug. 1, 2011), addition of the Wheeler plant will allow Eagle Rock to accommodate producers’ increased drilling in the Granite Wash.

The Woodall plant is currently under construction and will be in service in late first-quarter 2012. “Once the Wheeler plant is in service, Eagle Rock will have more than 300 MMcfd of high-efficiency cryogenic processing capacity in the area," he said.

Construction of the Wheeler plant and associated gathering and compression is to cost about $100 million. Eagle Rock’s announcement said it anticipates no downtime or reduced throughput across its east or west Panhandle systems during completion of the Wheeler plant.


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