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USA: Plant Engineering Meritage to Double Natural Gas Capacity in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Meritage Midstream Services aims to achieve its goal of doubling natural gas processing capacity by building a new, cryogenic processing plant in Converse County, Wyoming. The new plant is expected to have a nameplate capacity of 200 MMcf/d which will bring the firm’s total processing capacity in the basin to 380 MMcf/d.

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Construction of Steamboat I, Meritage Midstream’s natural gas cryogenic processing plant in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin (Converse County).
Construction of Steamboat I, Meritage Midstream’s natural gas cryogenic processing plant in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin (Converse County).
(Source: Business Wire)

Colorado/USA – Meritage Midstream Services II (Meritage Midstream or Meritage) have recently announced that it will more than double the natural gas processing capacity on its supersystem in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Meritage subsidiary Thunder Creek Gas Services (Thunder Creek) currently is constructing a new, cryogenic processing plant in Converse County, Wyoming, several miles west of the town of Douglas.

Known as Steamboat I, the new plant will have a nameplate capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) and is expected to come into service early in the third quarter of 2019, bringing Meritage Midstream’s total processing capacity in the basin to 380 MMcf/d. The Steamboat complex is large enough to accommodate two additional 200 MMcf/d cryogenic processing plants as customer demand warrants.

Strategically located in the southern portion of the basin, the Steamboat plant complements Meritage Midstream’s 50 Buttes plant located in Campbell County near Gillette, Wyoming, approximately 100 miles north of the Steamboat complex. Now under construction and nearing completion, a 20-inch trunk line will connect the Steamboat I plant to Meritage Midstream’s Thunder Creek gas gathering system. Steamboat I will connect to the Wyoming Interstate Company (WIC) mainline system for residue gas. NGLs currently flow to Phillips 66 and Oneok.

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Construction of the Steamboat I plant is supported by multiple long-term acreage dedications of more than 1 million acres. Meritage is the preeminent midstream provider in the basin with more than 1,200 miles of pipeline in operation, approximately 190 miles under construction and 150,000 of compression horsepower.

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