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Crestwood and First Reserve announce acquisition completion

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Crestwood Equity Partners LP (Crestwood) and First Reserve announced that Crestwood Permian Basin Holdings LLC (CPJV), a joint venture (JV) focused on developing, owning and operating midstream infrastructure in the Delaware Basin, has completed the acquisition of Crestwood’s Willow Lake gathering and processing assets located in Eddy County, New Mexico. The JV now owns all of Crestwood’s Delaware Basin assets. The JV will continue to be owned 50% by Crestwood and 50% by First Reserve, a leading global private equity investment firm exclusively focused on energy.

As previously announced, CPJV will build a 200 million ft3/d cryogenic gas processing plant located in Reeves County, Texas (the Orla plant) and related infrastructure required to connect the Willow Lake system to the plant (Orla Express pipeline) and multiple third party pipelines. Under the terms of the transaction, Crestwood contributed its Willow Lake gathering and processing assets to the JV at a value of US$151 million, and this value will be credited as part of Crestwood’s capital requirements to the expansion projects.

As previously announced, the initial project scope for the CPJV expansion projects will include the Orla Express pipeline, a 33 mile, 20 in. high pressure line connecting the existing Willow Lake gathering system in Eddy County to the Orla plant. The Orla plant will offer full liquids handling and multiple residue and NGL interconnects. Initial project capital is expected to be approximately US$170 million and the project is expected to be placed into service in the second half of 2018.

The Orla plant is supported by current dedications from existing Willow Lake customers and is strategically located to attract processing volumes in Eddy County, as well as areas around the Orla Express pipeline and the Nautilus system. The Nautilus system is a newly built gas gathering system serving a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (SWEPI) in Loving and Ward counties in Texas.

The Orla plant will provide needed incremental processing capacity and enhanced netbacks to producers through improved connectivity to the best NGL and residue gas takeaway options out of the basin. Once the Orla plant is placed into service, the JVs asset footprint will include over 200 000 acres of dedication, 285 million ft3/d of processing capacity, 300 million ft3/d of gathering capacity, and over 360 miles of pipe.

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