ONEOK Partners Announces Completion of First Phase of Roadrunner Gas Transmission Pipeline

Mar 09, 2016, 16:15 ET from ONEOK Partners, L.P.

TULSA, Okla., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS) today announced the completion of the first phase of the Roadrunner Gas Transmission pipeline project (Roadrunner) in West Texas.

"The addition of Roadrunner to our extensive natural gas pipeline infrastructure in West Texas positions ONEOK Partners to serve Mexico's rapidly expanding natural gas markets by connecting them with U.S. producers in the Permian Basin," said Terry K. Spencer, president and chief executive officer of ONEOK Partners. "This project is a good example of our commitment to grow stable, long-term, fee-based earnings for the partnership." 

Roadrunner is a 200-mile pipeline connecting ONEOK Partners' existing WesTex natural gas pipeline system near Coyanosa, Texas, to a new international border-crossing connection at the U.S. and Mexico border near San Elizario, Texas. The project is fully subscribed under 25-year firm fee-based commitments. The completed first phase provides 170 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of capacity to markets in Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

The second phase, which will increase the pipeline's capacity to 570 MMcf/d, currently is under construction and is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2017. The third and final phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2019 and will increase the total capacity on the pipeline to 640 MMcf/d.

The project is a 50-50 joint venture with Mexico City-based natural gas infrastructure company Fermaca and is estimated to cost approximately $430 million to $480 million, a decrease of $20 million from previously announced cost estimates. The reduction in project capital is a result of lower material and labor costs associated with construction.

ONEOK Partners, L.P. (pronounced ONE-OAK) (NYSE: OKS) is one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships in the United States and owns one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers and is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. Its general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE), a pure-play publicly traded general partner, which owns 41.2 percent of the overall partnership interest, as of Dec. 31, 2015. 

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