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    Regency and AE-MIDCO Enter Into Joint Venture

    Regency Energy Partners LP

    Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) and American Energy – Midstream LLC (AE-MidCo) have entered into a joint venture agreement for the construction and operation of Regency’s previously announced Utica Ohio River Project. In addition, Regency and American Energy – Utica LLC (AEU) will enter into a gathering agreement for gas produced from the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio by AEU.

    Regency and AEU will contribute all previously signed agreements to the joint venture. These agreements include volume commitments and large acreage dedications. As a result, Regency and AE-MidCo will upsize the project to accommodate over 2 Bcf/d of firm volume commitments. These commitments represent the majority of the projected volumes in the 52-mile footprint of the pipeline.

    The upsized project will include construction of a 52-mile, 36-inch gathering trunkline that will be capable of delivering up to 2.1 Bcf/day to Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) and Texas Eastern Transmission on the southern end of the line. Additionally, there is the potential to connect to the interstate grid on the northern end of the trunkline which would increase overall system deliverability to 3.5 Bcf/day. The project will also consist of the construction of 25,000 horsepower of compression at the REX interconnect. The full project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015.

    Total project costs are expected to be approximately $500 million, with Regency contributing 75%, and AE-MidCo contributing 25%. Regency will construct and operate the project on behalf of the joint venture.

     

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