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Gas processing plant to provide jobs, growth
by Kenda Nelson
Jun 16, 2011 | 1637 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Southcross Energy will begin construction this month on a gas processing plant near Bonnie View. The plant site is at the intersection of Bell and Levien roads, four miles southeast of Woodsboro.

David W. Biegler, chairman and CEO of Southcross, describes the plant as mid-range, though it will be the company’s largest plant.

“Most processing plants move between 60 to 100 million cubic feet and there are plants as big as 1,200 million” Biegler said.

The Woodsboro Plant will be capable of moving 200 million cubic feet of of gas each day.

Biegler and other company representatives met with approximately 40 community and county leaders Tuesday morning to discuss the new plant.

“We are pleased to make extensive improvements to our gas processing and liquids-handling capability to serve producers operating in the Eagle Ford Shale area, as well as improve processing services to our existing customers,” Biegler said. “These processing plants mesh well with the major pipeline extension we are constructing into McMullen County.”

The CEO said the Bonnie View location was selected because it provides proximity to gathering pipelines that will deliver the gas to the plant, pipelines to take the processed gas to the marketplace and pipelines to deliver the liquids produced to markets.

The Bonnie View site “is in the path of production to market, and it’s near existing pipelines,” Biegler said. ”It is the middle ground to Houston.”

The company purchased 200 acres of farmland owned by the Niemann family. Approximately 50 acres, or one-fourth of the property will be used by the plant; the remainder will remain farmland.

“They will continue to farm for five years,” Biegler said. “After that, they will either continue or we will lease it out.”

The plant will not store significant amounts of gas on site and no gas will be trucked in or out, according to Albert Glasgow, senior vice president of operations.

“Two operators will man the controls at all times,” Glasgow said. “All the operators have to do is hit a switch to shut the plant down.”

The plant includes automatic emergency shut-down switches should a problem be detected.

“Safety is number one,” Glasgow said.

Twelve full-time operators run the plant.

The plant will add to Woodsboro’s tax base and students will be added to the school district, Biegler said.

Currently the units are being built on skids by T.H. Russell in Tulsa, Okla. Saulsbury Industries will assemble the units on site.

Saulsbury Industries will be looking for trained and qualified subcontractors in this area to assist in the assembly process. The companies will provide dirt work, fencing, X-ray services, water supply, equipment rental and temporary offices. Approximately 75 people will be employed during construction.

Equipment deliveries will be concentrated between January and March 2012.

The plant is expected to be operational by May of next year.

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