Eagle Ford Well Blowout Near Petersville - EOG & Nabors

Eagle Ford Well Blowout Near Petersville
Eagle Ford Well Blowout Near Petersville

A rig owned by Nabors was working on a horizontal Eagle Ford well for EOG Resources when well control was lost and the well blew out around 7 pm Wednesday. DrillingAhead reported comments that Halliburton employees were onsite at the time of the blow out as well.

The well is located just off State HWY 111 and FM 966 near Petersville, TX, south of Shiner and west of Yoakum in Lavaca County.

All workers have been accounted for and no injuries were reported.

Wild Well Control was called in to bring the well under control. The fire will likely burn for several days and it is too early to know the cause of the blowout. EOG did issue a statement:

EOG is assembling well-control experts and specialized equipment to safely control the well and extinguish the fire,” Leonard, an EOG representative, said. “The company’s priorities remain constant: protect the safety of those responding to the incident, neighbors in the area and the environment.

If you have more information or photos from the well blow out, please share in the comments below or email them to rtdukes at eaglefordshale.com

Enterprise Products Third Yoakum Processing Plant Online, Volumes Up

Enterprise Eagle Ford Project Map
Enterprise Eagle Ford Project Map

Enterprise Product Partners brought its third cryogenic processing plant in Yoakum, TX, online in March and is reaping the benefits. Natural gas processing volumes are up 38% and NGL production is up 532% from one year ago in South Texas.

The Yoakum Facility in Lavaca County will have ultimate capacity of 900 mmcfd. The first plant at the Yoakum Facility came online in May of 2012, the second in August of 2012, and the Third in March of 2013. From just a year ago, fee-based processing volumes in the region have increased by 622 mmcfd and equity NGL production has increased by 27,000 b/d.

It's good timing. Volumes in the Rocky Mountains have fallen considerably, but South Texas growth has more than offset the declines.

Enterprise is also on pace to complete construction of its latest segment of its Eagle Ford crude oil pipeline in the third quarter. The project is a joint venture with Plains All American Pipeline. You can read more about the joint venture in the article Plains All American - Enterprise Eagle Ford Crude Oil Joint Venture. 

Those aren't the only assets benefiting from Eagle Ford growth:

The Texas Intrastate pipeline system reported an $8 million increase in gross operating margin on a 389 billion British thermal units per day (“BBtud”) increase in natural gas pipeline volumes compared to the first quarter of 2012 as a result of increases in Eagle Ford shale production.

Read the full press release at enterpriseproducts.com

Enterprise Products Cryogenic Processing Expands by 300 mmcfd in Yoakum

Yoakum TX Map
Yoakum TX Map

Enterprise Products' second 300 mmcfd cryogenic processing train in Yoakum, in Lavaca County, has come online. Capacity is now 600 mmcfd at the plant and the company has the ability to extract 74,000 b/d of NGLs. The first Enterprise Yoakum processing train came online in May of 2012.

The latest announcement includes the second train and brings capacity to two-thirds of what is ultimately planned. When completed the facility will have total capacity of 900 mmcfd.

“Like the Eagle Ford Shale play itself, our Yoakum natural gas facility continues to exceed expectations and provide Enterprise with new growth opportunities,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Enterprise’s general partner. “Based on the operating results we’ve seen from the first train which began service in May 2012, we expect the second and third trains to perform above their original design capacity, giving us the confidence to pursue additional processing commitments for all three plants.”

Read the full press release at enterpriseproducts.com

Enterprise Plant in Yoakum Coming Online May 1

The first phase of Enterprise Products' Eagle Ford midstream plant in Yoakum is coming online in the next few weeks and will have initial capacity to process 300 mmcfd.  The 100 acre plant has seen as many as 500 workers on site during various stages of construction The plant will strip out 6-9 gallons of NGLs for every mcf of gas that is processed. The plant is feed by a 36-inch pipeline and will have ultimate capacity to processes as much as 900 mmcfd when all stages of construction are complete in 2013.

Enterprise Products Adding NGL Fractionators 7 & 8 at Mont Belvieu

Enterprise Product Partners is the latest of many Eagle Ford midstream companies that are adding infrastructure to handle growing NGL production. Enterprise is already constructing its sixth fractionator at Mont Belvieu and the latest announcement comes after Dow and Shell announced plans to go forward with new petrochemical plants in the U.S. The additions will add 150,000 b/d of incremental capacity in the fourth quarter of 2013 when total capacity will be more than 610,000 b/d at the facilities. That's more than double the capacity of Enterprise's plant just two years ago. The plans are supported by growing volumes of NGL production in the Eagle Ford Shale, Rocky Mountains, and West Texas.

Expanding Enterprise's Eagle Ford Midstream Business

The company is also extending its Eagle Ford NGL pipeline (450,000 b/d ultimate capacity) to Anadarko's Western Gas Brasada Processing Plant (200 mmcfd) in La Salle County, TX. The expansion adds over 173-miles of pipe, with capacity of 140,000 b/d, that will connect to Enterprises infrastructure near the company's processing plant in Yoakum, TX. The extension gives access to the Western Gas Plant and seven other South Texas processing facilities.

As of the announcement, Enterprise had completed 375 miles of natural gas pipelines in the South Texas Eagle Ford. The company's Eagle Ford Mainline system is close to completion and will be able to deliver 900 mmcfd of rich gas to the Yoakum plant. The Yoakum plant will begin processing rich gas in May and will reach full capability by the first quarter of 2013. At that time, the plant will be able to process 900 mmcfd of gas, with capacity of 110,000 b/d of NGLs.

Including Enterprise’s seven other integrated South Texas processing facilities, the partnership will be able to offer approximately 2.4 billion cubic feet per day of processing capacity for the region when Yoakum is fully operational.

What is a NGL Fractionation?

Once NGLs are processed out of the natural gas stream, wet-gas, the individual products must be separated to be marketed and consumed. Fractionators take the NGLs to their various boiling points and separate out the individual products - ethane, butane, iso-butane, propane, pentanes, and natural gasolines. Ethane is a common feedstock for petrochemical plants and butane and propane can be used for heating or in your lighters and grills.