Acquisitions: Great Salt Plains Midstream buys STACK-focused Thunderbird Midstream


[Context: On May 4, Great Salt Plains Midstream, a joint venture between Apollo Global and a joint venture entity of Energy Spectrum and MVP Holdings, announced the acquisition of STACK-focused Thunderbird Midstream for an undisclosed price. Further details, advisors and related links are below.]

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Great Salt Plains Midstream Acquires Thunderbird Midstream Assets in Oklahoma STACK Play

Assets include:
>> 20 MMcf/d cryogenic natural gas plant that provides immediate processing services to GSPM customers
>> 34 mile natural gas pipeline gathering system
>> Capital partners for the deal are MVP Holdings, and funds affiliated with Energy Spectrum Capital and Apollo Global Management, LLC

OKLAHOMA CITY–May 04, 2018–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Great Salt Plains Midstream Holdings, LLC (“GSPM”) recently closed on its acquisition of Thunderbird Midstream LLC. Both firms have headquarters in Oklahoma City.

The acquired assets include the Thunderbird Midstream cryogenic natural gas plant with 20 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (MMcf/d) processing capacity. The plant began operations in 2016 and is located on more than 40 acres to allow for expansion to meet increased demand. The Thunderbird assets provide immediate processing capacity with additional firm market outlets for residue and natural gas liquids (“NGLs”).

The transaction includes a 34 mile natural gas pipeline gathering system. The acquisition continues the buildout of GSPM’s infrastructure in the prolific STACK play of northwestern Oklahoma.

“We are adding to our system to serve multiple producers in the northwest portion of the STACK,” said Rusty Rains, CEO of GSPM. “We are now offering immediate natural gas processing services. The additional gathering pipeline from Thunderbird extends our system west into Major County, providing producers with low pressure gathering and additional residue market optionality.”

GSPM also has a state-of-the-art cryogenic processing facility under construction in Major County, Oklahoma, called the Silver Lake Plant, which will have an initial capacity to process up to 70 MMcf/d, with expansion capacity of up to 220 MMcf/d. Additionally, GSPM is constructing over 90 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines and multiple compressor stations and expects the new facilities to be in service in July 2018.

Legal Advisers: Paul Hastings LLP served as legal counsel to Great Salt Plains Midstream

About Great Salt Plains Midstream

Great Salt Plains Midstream (“GSPM”) is a joint venture providing midstream services to producers in the STACK play. GSPM’s natural gas system includes a cryogenic gas plant with 20 MMcf/d processing capacity, a 70 MMcf/d cryogenic gas plant expected to be in service in July 2018, multiple compressor stations, and over 120 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines. Its crude oil system includes over 130 miles of crude oil pipelines, 4 injection stations (near the towns of Perry, Covington, Hennessey and Cherokee, Oklahoma), and 314,000 barrels of total storage which provide gathering and transportation services from northwest Oklahoma to several important markets, including Cushing, Okla.

About MVP Holdings

MVP Holdings is a privately-owned energy logistics company, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. MVP Holdings and its subsidiaries MV Purchasing, LLC, MV Pipelines, LLC and MVP Midstream, LLC, provide gathering, transportation, processing, storage, distribution, marketing, and other midstream services to independent crude oil and natural gas producers, refiners of petroleum products, and other market participants located throughout the United States.

About Energy Spectrum Capital

Energy Spectrum Capital (“ESC”), headquartered in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 1995 to manage private equity funds that make direct investments in lower-middle-market companies that acquire, develop and operate North American midstream energy assets. As an established private equity fund manager dedicated to the midstream energy industry, ESC is a valuable partner to premier management teams that are pursuing compelling opportunities in the midstream sector of the North American oil and gas industry. This investment was made from Energy Spectrum Partners VII LP, a $1.225 billion fund.

About Apollo Global Management, LLC

Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Bethesda, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Apollo had assets under management of approximately $249 billion as of December 31, 2017 in private equity, credit and real estate funds invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources.

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