Questar and Enterprise announced that service has begun on the White River Hub. Located in Rio Blanco County, Colo., the White River Hub currently connects Enterprise's natural-gas processing plant at Meeker with four interstate natural gas pipelines: Rockies Express Pipeline LLC; Questar; Northwest Pipeline GP (including the Williams Willow Creek processing plant, which is currently under construction); and TransColorado Gas Transmission Company. Two more interstate pipelines, the Wyoming Interstate Company and Colorado Interstate Gas systems, are expected to be connected during the first quarter of 2009.
The White River Hub, a joint venture between Questar (the hub operator) and Enterprise, consists of four miles of existing 36-inch diameter pipe and about seven miles of new, 30-inch diameter pipe, plus tie-in and metering facilities. The White River Hub provides more than 2.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of firm and interruptible transportation/wheeling service allowing producers, marketers and shippers to access downstream markets for natural gas volumes produced in northwest Colorado's Piceance Basin. In addition to the existing interconnects, a new interconnect with Northwest Pipeline GP's Colorado Hub Connection pipeline is anticipated to be placed into service in the fourth quarter of 2009.
"White River Hub provides Rockies producers with greater access to markets served by pipelines in the Piceance and Uinta Basins," said Allan Bradley, Questar Pipeline president and CEO "We hope to further enhance market liquidity by working with the appropriate parties to establish a new, published, regional pricing point designated 'White River Hub'."
Michael A. Creel, Enterprise's president and CEO, said, "The White River Hub is another example of our continuing strategy of expanding the partnership's western franchise of integrated assets in order to provide Piceance Basin producers with increased flexibility. The expected completion of Enterprise's Meeker II project later this month will complement the new White River header system and further enhance our capabilities to provide shippers with the midstream services they need to access the most attractive markets."
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