meritage midstream gas plant under construction

Meritage Midstream Steamboat natural gas processing plant under construction October 2019

Midstream operators in Wyoming and North Dakota are scrambling to get flaring under control as they launch new natural gas processing plants.

In the March 12 issue of OIL PATCH HOTLINE readers will see details of the latest two gas plants in the Powder River Basin that came on line this month.

Meritage Midstream started up its 200,000 Mcf a day gas processing plant in Converse County, doubling its processing capacity in the Powder River Basin.

The new Steamboat 1 plant is part of Meritage’s Thunder Creek system connected to 119 wells with total processing capacity of 380,000 Mcf a day along with 1,600 miles of line and 120 miles of NGL pipeline.

Crestwood Equity Partners LP said its new Bucking Horse II gas processing plant started up this month with a capacity of 200,000 Mcf a day in Converse County, bringing total capacity in the Powder River Basin to 345,000 Mcf a day.

ONEOK just wrapped up completion of the $1.2 billion Elk Creek natural gas liquids pipeline that runs 900 miles from Sidney, MT to Buston, KS.

Just last month, it had announced a $305 million expansion of the Elk 400,000 BPD pipeline with incremental capacity becoming available in early 2021.

The expansion is supported by long-term dedicated NGL production from ONEOK and third-party natural gas processing plants in the Williston and Powder River basins.

ONEOK is well on its way to a third 200 MMcf/d expansion of the Demicks Lake natural gas processing facility in McKenzie County, which will cost $305 million and increase the total capacity of the three plants to 600 MMcf/d. It will come on line in the third quarter of 2021.

Hess Corp. wrapped up its completion of the Little Missouri Gas Plant in McKenzie County in which it has a 50-50 partnership with Targa Resources and is well on its way to a major expansion of the capacity at its gas plant in Tioga.