GE Supplying Waukesha Gas Engines to Power South Texas Cryogenic Processing Plant
HOUSTON, TEXAS—April/May, 2013—GE (NYSE: GE) today announced it is supplying three of its ecomagination-qualified Waukesha 16 V 275GL+ gas engines for Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC (HEP) to power its new Reveille cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Webb County, north of Laredo, Texas. The facility will be capable of processing up to 200 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMcf/d) and serve primarily producer and midstream business customers operating in the Olmos, Escondido and Eagle Ford shale gas fields in South Texas. GE’s Waukesha gas engines factory is scheduled to deliver the units in May and June 2013.
Cryogenic processing plants separate different constituents in natural gas liquids, allowing producers to maximize returns by selling individual liquid compounds rather than a gas mixture. The facility helps address a shortage of cryogenic processing capacity needed to keep pace with the abundance of natural gas being produced in the Eagle Ford shale gas region.
Construction of the Reveille gas plant began this April, with start-up of the facility scheduled for January 2014. The plant and associated pipelines will tie into the Cuervo Creek gathering pipeline that HEP bought in March 2012. The plant will handle multiple rich natural gas formations including the Olmos, Escondido, and Eagle Ford plays, helping HEP boost its capacity to gather, process and deliver natural gas to customers in the United States and Mexico.
“GE’s Waukesha technology was selected because we were seeking the right combination of power, fuel flexibility and reduced emissions, while still providing a high efficiency to meet our gas compression power requirements for the Reveille plant, enhancing our services for our producer and midstream customers in the South Texas area,” said Mike Howard, chairman and CEO of Howard Energy Partners, which is based in San Antonio.
“Howard Energy Group needed a driver solution that offers both more power, efficiency and lower emissions and also operate on various fuel qualities from the Eagle Ford shale play without the loss of power to maintain optimal production levels at its new Reveille cryogenic plant,” said Brian White, president, Waukesha gas engines—GE Power & Water. “We are pleased to demonstrate the multiple benefits that our 275GL+ gas engine technology offers for high horsepower cryogenic processing plant applications to help meet the growing demand for shale gas processing capacity.”
The 275GL+ units will be serviced by Waukesha Pearce Industries, Inc., an authorized distributor of GE’s Waukesha gas engines that has nearly a century of experience in the natural gas industry and a strong presence in the Eagle Ford shale play. AG Equipment is the engine packager.
GE’s Waukesha gas engines are a key part of GE’s distributed power portfolio. GE’s distributed power solutions give customers of all types—including industrial businesses, developing communities, government agencies managing disaster relief and other emergency power situations—the ability to generate reliable, sustainable power when and where it is needed. GE’s distributed power portfolio also includes GE’s aeroderivative gas turbines, Jenbacher gas enginesand Clean Cycle waste heat recovery solutions.
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About Howard Energy Partners
San Antonio-based Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC dba Howard Energy Partners is an independent midstream energy company, owning and operating approximately 500 miles of natural gas pipelines, natural gas liquids processing plants, amine treating plants and other related facilities in South Texas primarily serving the Olmos, Escondido and Eagle Ford resource plays. The company has offices in Houston, San Antonio, Three Rivers and Asherton, Texas. For more information on Howard Energy Partners, please visit www.howardenergypartners.com.