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Cheyenne Connector and Rockies Express pipelines back in service

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Tallgrass Energy, LP has announced that both the Cheyenne Connector pipeline and the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) Cheyenne Hub Enhancement Project will commence commercial service effective 26 June 2020, having obtained approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on 24 June 2020.

Tallgrass owns 50% and operates Cheyenne Connector; DCP Midstream, the D-J Basin’s leading provider of integrated gathering, processing and logistics assets, owns the other 50%.

“We’re delighted to bring these projects in service safely,” said Crystal Heter, Tallgrass Energy’s Segment President - Natural Gas Transportation. “This is a win for Colorado producers and for Tallgrass, as Cheyenne Connector provides much-needed incremental takeaway capacity from the D-J Basin. The REX Cheyenne Hub Enhancement Project provides Colorado producers connectivity to bring their natural gas into the REX pipeline at Cheyenne Hub and from there to markets across the country never before available to D-J production.”

“Cheyenne Connector not only expands market access for D-J Basin natural gas, but fully unlocks the production potential of this premier basin for years to come,” said Corey Walker, President of Operations for DCP Midstream. “With Cheyenne Connector now in-service, we are excited to further integrate our value chain to better serve our producer customers and create new cash flows.”

The 70 mile, 36 in. diameter Cheyenne Connector is fully subscribed at 600 million ft3/d, with additional expansion capacity available. The pipeline receives natural gas from processing facilities in southern Weld County, Colorado, in the D-J Basin and delivers it to the REX Cheyenne Hub just south of the Wyoming border, where numerous other natural gas pipelines interconnect with REX.

The REX Cheyenne Hub was modified to allow it to receive natural gas from interconnecting pipelines and to enable bi-directional capability at several existing interconnects. It is currently subscribed to 800 million ft3/d, 200 million ft3/d of which is anticipated to be placed in-service in the fourth quarter of 2020. The REX Cheyenne Hub Enhancement Project has additional expansion capability beyond the 800 million ft3/d subscribed. Natural gas connecting to the REX Cheyenne Hub can then be transported to numerous demand markets across the country on REX and through downstream interconnected pipelines.

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