Milestone: Morgan Stanley Capital-backed Sterling Energy expands DJ system


[Context: On May 8, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners-backed Sterling Energy Investments announced plans to increase its northeastern DJ Basin natural gas midstream system. Further details and related links are below.]

Sterling Energy Investments Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Sterling Continues Midstream Expansion in the DJ Basin

DENVER–May 08, 2018–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sterling Energy Investments LLC (“Sterling”) announced today plans to expand the processing capacity and associated natural gas gathering pipeline infrastructure of its Centennial System in the northeastern DJ Basin to 220 MMcf/d to accommodate growing producer demand.

Sterling completed the first phase of the expansion of its existing Jackson Lake Processing Plant during 2Q 2018 and plans to place in-service the fully funded cryogenic expansion of the Jackson Lake Processing Plant during 4Q 2018.

In addition, Sterling announced that it will expand the capacity at its existing Centennial Gas Processing Plant by up to 120 MMcf/d. The permitting process for the Centennial Gas Processing Plant expansion project is underway with state and local authorities. Sterling anticipates commissioning of that expansion project during the second half of 2019.

Sterling’s Centennial System consists of over 450 miles of low-pressure gathering pipeline, spanning Weld, Morgan, and Logan Counties in Colorado and Cheyenne County in Nebraska. It includes three interconnected natural gas processing plants to ensure reliable service, with each plant connected to a different downstream residue gas market to provide flow assurance for area producers. Residue gas takeaway is provided by Cheyenne Plains, Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission, and Southern Star pipelines. NGL takeaway is provided by Overland Pass Pipeline.

David Kenyon, President of Sterling, stated, “We are excited to offer DJ producers a full slate of midstream services: low-pressure gas gathering service, gas processing at multiple plants, condensate stabilization, a significant and reliable non-tributary water source and water distribution infrastructure, produced water gathering, produced water recycling and reuse, and crude oil gathering. Our continued investment in expansion projects across the Centennial System footprint ensures our producers receive timely access to the midstream infrastructure and markets necessary to maximize production and support their development plans.

“Sterling has been operating in the DJ Basin since 2000 and is excited to support the continued success of our producer partners.”

About Sterling

Sterling is a private, full-service midstream and infrastructure company headquartered in Denver, Colorado that has been operating in the DJ Basin since 2000. The management team at Sterling has enjoyed a 27-year history running highly successful midstream companies in partnership with Morgan Stanley Capital Partners.

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