Crosstex Builds ‘Transformational’ Cajun-Sibon Pipeline

By Michael Reed, Contributing Editor | November 2013, Vol. 68 No. 11

Separately, the complex nature of the pipeline expansion required several difficult directional drills, totaling about 27 miles of drilling and boring, or one-fifth of the total route. One directional drill covered about 2 miles, making it one of the longest ever recorded. On one of the longer drills, Crosstex encountered an unconsolidated formation which caused their contractor to have to redo the entire drill which postponed construction in other areas. In general, though, the CEO described the company as “pleased” with the pace and development of the project.

Due to the size of the project, multi-jurisdiction coordination and involvement of numerous regulatory agencies came into play for work done in both states. There was also pushback from environmental agencies during construction.

“As we do with many other projects, we sat down with the Army Corp of Engineers before submitting our permit applications to ensure we understand the full requirements for the application.” Davis said. “While we have no problem with the pre-application meeting, we’ve had to work more intensely with the regulatory side of the Army Corp of Engineers as we proceeded.”

Phase II of the project is scheduled to start up in the second half of 2014, and Crosstex is busy acquiring the needed permits and right-of-way for construction. The company has already ordered materials, including pipe and pumps for station modifications, and in June workers broke ground for the new 100,000 bpd fractionator, located adjacent to the Plaquemine gas processing plant.

During the construction of Phase I, the project supported roughly 1,300 jobs in Louisiana and 1,000 in Texas. At one time, Crosstex had more than 300 contractors working on the Eunice expansion and as many as 300 contractors working on the construction of the pipeline. WHS, Inc., of Lafayette, LA., served as the main contractor on the pipeline, while Louisiana Crane, of Eunice, LA, was contracted as the main contractor on the Eunice expansion.

With the company’s strategic location near six of the nation’s most prolific gas plays – the Barnett, Eagle Ford, Permian, Haynesville, Utica and Marcellus shales – Crosstex has been a leading player in the midstream natural gas industry, specializing in the gathering, transmission, processing and fractionation of natural gas and natural gas liquids, as well as brine logistics and crude and condensate service offerings.

Prior to Crosstex, Davis served as president and COO of Comstock Natural Gas and founded Ventana Natural Gas in June 1992. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Project Development of Endevco Inc.