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Joint venture to build crude connector system in Midland Basin

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Concho Resources Inc. and Frontier Midstream Solutions IV, LLC have announced that Concho and Frontier have executed an agreement to create Beta Crude Connector, LLC (BCC). Concho and Frontier will each own a 50% equity interest in BCC, with Frontier serving as operator. BCC will build and provide crude oil gathering, transportation and storage services in the Northern Midland Basin, supporting continued oil production growth in the region.

The new gathering and transportation system will consist of an approximately 100 mile gathering system, 250 000 bbls of crude oil storage facilities as well as truck terminals. The pipeline system will have the initial capacity to deliver 150 000 bpd of crude oil to multiple delivery points, accessing local refineries and connecting to several downstream pipelines. Following an open season set for April 2019, construction will commence, targeting initial flows in mid 2019.

BCC will file for FERC authority to operate as a common carrier pipeline and solicit interest from other producers and marketers for capacity on the new system. In conjunction with the joint venture agreement, Concho has agreed to enter into a long-term acreage dedication agreement with BCC.

Jack Harper, President of Concho, commented, “We are excited to partner again with Frontier in the development of the Beta Crude Connector. Through the joint venture, we will leverage Frontier’s midstream expertise and enhance the value of our high-quality footprint in the Midland Basin with a reliable, cost-efficient gathering and transportation solution. Importantly, this is a compelling investment opportunity that we can make with no changes to our capital plans.”

Dave Presley, Frontier’s Chief Executive Officer said, “We are pleased that Beta Crude Connector will be the latest of our full-service midstream solutions and our second joint venture partnership with Concho as we demonstrate our commitment to quality partnerships and solutions for producers once again. We are pleased to have a world-class producer in Concho as our partner and are excited with the quality of the resource behind it. We are dedicated to the successful operations and growth of the Beta Crude Connector.”

Concho Resources Inc.

Concho Resources (CXO) is one of the largest unconventional shale producers in the Permian Basin, with operations focused on acquiring, exploring, developing and producing oil and natural gas resources. Concho is at the forefront of applying advanced technology and large-scale development to safely and efficiently maximise resource recovery while delivering attractive, long-term economic returns.

Frontier Midstream Solutions IV, LLC

Frontier Midstream Solutions IV, LLC, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is owned by Frontier Energy Partners II, LLC and certain funds of Energy Spectrum Capital. The company is a full-service midstream company focused on the development of new midstream crude oil and natural gas infrastructure in the Permian Basin and other basins throughout the lower 48 states.

Energy Spectrum Capital

Founded in 1995, Energy Spectrum Capital is a Dallas, Texas-based private equity firm focused on partnering with premier management teams that are pursuing compelling opportunities in the midstream sector of the North American oil and gas industry. To date, Energy Spectrum has successfully raised approximately US$4.4 billion of equity capital across eight funds. Frontier Midstream Solutions IV, LLC is supported with capital from Energy Spectrum Partners VII, LP and Energy Spectrum Partners VIII, LP, the firm’s most recent fund.

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