Magnum Hunter's Eureka Hunter Subsidiary Deals For TransTex Gas Services - $58.5 million

Magnum Hunter Resources announced its subsidiary Eureka Hunter Holdings, LLC has entered an asset purchase agreement to acquire TransTex Gas Services. Eureka Hunter will pay $58.5 million, with both cash and equity, for TransTex Gas.  TransTex was started in 2006 and has quickly grow to the largest privately held contract gas treating company.  The company offers a broad range of midstream services and has over 50 amine plants that remove and treat CO2 and H2S from natural gas, as well as a fleet of dew point control plants.  TransTex's fabrication yard is conveniently located in Halletsville, TX, where the company can easily serve the Eagle Ford Shale. The company specializes in plants sized less than 60 GPM.

Magnum Hunter currently runs 4 rigs in the play and has plans to eventually spin off its midstream business into a MLP.

"The addition of the TransTex's group of assets and management team to Eureka Hunter is a another step in our overall business plan which makes for a very comprehensive and well rounded midstream services company. Eureka Hunter will now have immediate access and the ability to offer producers skid mounted wellhead treating and field processing plants ideally suited for specific customer needs. In addition, TransTex will broaden its footprint as Eureka Hunter continues to expand its gathering system in the Marcellus Shale of West Virginia and into the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio. We also believe the management team at TransTex will be able to identify additional business opportunities in the gathering and processing business for Eureka Hunter. With the acquisition of TransTex, we are significantly closer to the MLP objective we are ultimately seeking."


Kinder Morgan Acquires SouthTex Treaters an Amine Plant Manufacturer

Kinder Morgan is acquiring SouthTex Treaters in a $155 million transaction. The acquisition adds to Kinder Morgan's ability to deliver needed processing in the Eagle Ford Shale. The company will now offer lease arrangements or can simply sell amine plants. Amine plants are being used more widely across the Eagle Ford due to levels of H2S (Sour Gas) in the natural gas stream. The hydrogen sulfide has to be separated from natural gas production before pipeline operators will transport the gas. One of the quickest way to get cut off from the gathering system is to go above acceptable levels of H2S (4 ppm). 

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) today announced it has signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement to acquire SouthTex Treaters, a leading manufacturer, designer and fabricator of natural gas treating plants that remove CO2 and H2S, for approximately $155 million. The manufactured amine plants range in size from 5 to 1,200 gallons per minute of treating capacity. Kinder Morgan Treating, a subsidiary of KMP, is the industry leader and largest provider of contract operated treating and hydrocarbon dew point conditioning plants. The acquisition will allow Kinder Morgan Treating to build amine plants and offer customers the option to own or lease the equipment.

"This acquisition will enable us to provide large amine plants for centralized treating facilities which are often needed in the rapidly developing shale plays," said Bill Stokes, vice president of Kinder Morgan Treating. "We will also be able to replenish our already large inventory of amine plants and offer our customers even more flexibility for their treating needs." Upon closing, which is likely to occur within the fourth quarter this year, the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to cash distributable to KMP unitholders.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) is a leading pipeline transportation and energy storage company in North America. KMP owns an interest in or operates more than 28,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. Its pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, CO2 and other products, and its terminals store petroleum products and chemicals and handle such products as ethanol, coal, petroleum coke and steel. KMP is also the leading provider of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery projects in North America. One of the largest publicly traded pipeline limited partnerships in America, KMP has an enterprise value of over $33 billion. The general partner of KMP is owned by Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI). Combined, KMI and KMP have an enterprise value of approximately $55 billion.

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