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Vaquero Midstream successfully commissions Texan natural gas plant

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Vaquero Midstream has announced the successful commissioning of its Caymus I natural gas processing facility in Pecos County, Texas, supported by long term commitments with major producers in the area.

The recently completed construction of a tailored UOP Russell 200 million ft3/d cryogenic processing plant, located on 330 acres, allows for future expansions of 4 additional 200 million ft3/d processing trains, so Vaquero can grow processing volumes as its customers fully develop their assets and increase production. A Vaquero-owned and dedicated electrical substation with direct connect to a 138 kVA transmission line offers continuous, uninterrupted power service to the facility. The plant features oversized inlet liquids handling with condensate stabilisation and storage, inlet compression to minimise field pressure, amine treating, propane refrigeration prior to cryogenic processing, and Dual Drive residue compression. As a result, the plant has the flexibility to handle the Avalon, Wolfcamp and Bone Spring shale formations for future drilling. With these features, the plant's design provides producers with the industry's highest levels in reliability, runtimes and NGL recoveries to give customers confidence that their production will get to market.

Caymus I is supplied by approximately 80 miles of a high pressure gathering pipeline system, consisting of 30 in. and 24 in. pipe connecting Pecos, Reeves, Ward and Culberson Counties to the facility and designed for volumes over 800 million ft3/d. A 16 in. residue header connects multiple outlets at the WAHA market including connections with Atmos, Enterprise, Northern Natural Gas and ONEOK's WestTex Transmission system connecting to the Roadrunner Gas Transmission Pipeline. These four connections will allow access to more than 12 residue gas outlets accessing California, the Midwest, Gulf Coast and Mexico. The Vaquero 12 in. NGL header was also commissioned with outlets connecting to Lone Star's West Texas Gateway Pipeline and Enterprise Chaparral systems.

"Situated less than 5 miles from the WAHA hub, the plant's location offers connections to multiple interstate and intrastate pipelines with built in redundancies taking advantage of the premium markets at WAHA. Producers have access to the best available markets, best in class assets and reliable service ensuring producers' ability to maximise returns from their products," said Gary E. Conway, President and CEO of Vaquero Midstream.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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