Houston’s Crestwood Equity Partners LP, a midstream company, announced commercial operations have begun at one of its processing plants in North Dakota connected to a ONEOK natural gas line in the Bakkens. The system is also supported by energy exploration companies including WPX Energy of Tulsa.
Crestwood stated that its Bear Den II processing plant in Watford City, North Dakota is in operation. At the same time, the firm said a 27,500 HP electric-driven trunkline compression station was brought on line to connect the Bear Den processing complex to the Arrow gathering system.
The Bear Den II plant is a 120 MMcf/d cryogenic processing plant located adjacent to Crestwood’s 30 MMcf/d Bear Den I plant which was placed into service in 2018. During its start-up phase, Bear Den II is currently processing approximately 65 MMcf/d of natural gas with the expectation to ramp up to 100% of Arrow’s gas gathering volumes during the third quarter 2019. The Bear Den processing complex has downstream connections to Northern Border Pipeline Company for residue gas and upon its completion, will connect to ONEOK’s Elk Creek pipeline for NGL takeaway.
The Arrow gathering and processing system gathers crude oil, natural gas, and produced water on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in McKenzie and Dunn counties, North Dakota. The Arrow system consists of approximately 740 miles of pipe, 150 MMcf/d of processing capacity, and over 75,000 HP of compression, that is supported by a 150,000 acre dedication and long-term contracts with WPX Energy of Tulsa, XTO Energy, Bruin E&P Partners, Rimrock Oil & Gas, Enerplus Resources, PetroShale and QEP Resources.