J.M. Huber selects Bighorn to gather coalbed methane

Houston-based J.M. Huber Corp. on Tuesday signed an agreement with Bighorn Gas Gathering LLC under which Bighorn will provide gas gathering and processing services for Huber's coalbed methane gas production in Wyoming's Powder River basin.


Houston-based J.M. Huber Corp. on Tuesday signed an agreement with Bighorn Gas Gathering LLC under which Bighorn will provide gas gathering and processing services for Huber's coalbed methane gas production in Wyoming's Powder River basin.

Bighorn will construct a 56-mile, 20-in. diameter, $17.8 million extension of its gathering system in Sheridan County to gather increasing coalbed methane production in the area. The extension will serve the gathering needs of Huber under a long-term agreement with Bighorn covering about 100,000 acres of dedicated property leased by Huber.

Huber is in the process of completing 150 coalbed methane wells in Sheridan County's Prairie Dog prospect area and expects to complete an additional 100 wells by the end of the year.

The gathering system extension will be constructed from Bighorn's western terminus in southeastern Sheridan County, extending westward to Huber's production area. The system is expected to be in service in November 2000.

Bighorn Gas Gathering, which began service in December 1999, serves the northern part of the Powder River basin. The system is capable of gathering 256 MMcfd of coalbed methane. It delivers gas to the Fort Union Gas Gathering System and to various US markets via interstate pipelines connected to Fort Union.

Partners in Bighorn are affiliates of CMS Energy Corp. and Northern Border Partners LP.

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