Eagle Ford Shale Play Prompts Processing Facilities Expansion

May 2011, Vol. 238 No. 5

Copano Energy, L.L.C. plans to expand processing facilities at its Houston Central complex, located in Colorado County, in response to producer demand in the Eagle Ford Shale play.

The expansion will consist of a 400,000-Mcf/d cryogenic processing plant that will bring Copano’s total processing capacity at its Houston complex to 1.1 Bcf/d. Anticipated capital spending for the expansion is estimated at $145 million with an expected in-service date in early 2013.

Start-up of the plant is anticipated to coincide with commencement of Copano’s firm capacity at Formosa Hydrocarbons Company’s Point Comfort petrochemical facility under a previously announced NGL fractionation and sales agreement.

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