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Pipelines, April 2012

Southcross Energy expands natural gas processing, fractionation complex


DALLAS — Southcross Energy has begun construction of a fractionator and natural gas liquids (NGLs) and residue pipeline outlets in South Texas, which will create a sizable natural gas processing and fractionation complex. The development will expand the company’s ability to serve producers operating in the liquids-rich Eagle Ford Shale area where the NGLs infrastructure is constrained. Southcross will have the capability to process 335 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (MMcf/d) and fractionate 16,300 bpd of NGLs when all facilities are operational in July.

Southcross is installing its Bonnie View Fractionator in Refugio County, 26 miles northeast of Corpus Christi near the company’s previously announced 200 Mmcf/d Woodsboro gas processing facility, which is under construction, and its existing 135 Mmcf/d Gregory gas processing plant and fractionator.

For more information, visit www.Southcrossenergy.com or call (214) 979-3700.

PHMSA closes record number of enforcement orders for three consecutive years

WASHINGTON — The U.S. DOT has resolved a record number of enforcement cases against pipeline operators over the past three years as part of the Obama Administration’s push to ensure pipeline operators fully comply with federal safety regulations.

As part of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s Call to Action plan to improve pipeline safety, the department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued 102 Final Orders in 2011, closing its highest number of enforcement cases in a single year following the passage of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. Since 2008, PHMSA has issued 281 Final Orders to pipeline operators, constituting almost 40 percent of all Final Orders issued by the agency since 2002.

For more information, visit http:// opsweb.phmsa.dot.gov/pipelinefo rum/ or call (202) 366-4433.

Energy Transfer Partners to further expand Eagle Ford Shale projects DALLAS — To facilitate its Eagle Ford Shale agreements, Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) will further expand the previously announced Rich Eagle Ford Mainline (REM) pipeline and will construct another new cryogenic processing facility.

Upon full completion, REM will consist of approximately 257 miles of 30-inch and 42-inch pipe with a capacity in excess of 1 billion cubic feet per day. The first expansion, 60 miles of 42-inch pipe, is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the second expansion, 37 miles of 30-inch pipe, is scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2013.

The new processing plant, located in Karnes County, Texas, will provide approximately 200 million cubic feet per day of capacity and is necessary to fulfill the new long-term shipper commitments on REM. Total cost for the Karnes County Processing Plant and the REM expansion is estimated to be $210 million.

For more information, visit www. Energytransfer.com or call (214) 981-0700.

Williams Partners, Cabot to construct new interstate gas pipeline

TULSA, Okla. — Williams Partners LP has reached two major milestones in its strategy to create a major natural gas supply hub in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Williams Partners will embark on a new interstate gas pipeline joint venture with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. The new 120- mile Constitution Pipeline will connect Williams Partners’ gathering system in Susquehanna County, Pa., to the Iroquois Gas Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems in Schoharie County, N.Y.

Williams Partners also has completed the acquisition of the Laser Northeast Gathering System and other midstream businesses from Delphi Midstream Partners LLC. The original acquisition along with additional pipeline construction was funded with $329 million in cash and approximately 7. 5 million Williams Partners units.

For more information, visit www.Williams.com/constitution or call (800) 945-5426. •


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