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Energy Transfer Makes a Play for Midland NGLs

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Energy Transfer (ET) has made a big move to secure a slice of the Midland NGL pie. The $3.25B acquisition of WTG Midstream Holdings will give ET control of a significant new tranche of NGLs that can boost earnings for the company’s downstream assets.

ET announced terms for WTG on May 28 with Stonepeak, the Davis Estate, and Diamondback Energy (FANG). East Daley Analytics noted the deal will nearly triple ET’s gas processing capacity in the Midland. Control of NGLs is the other part of the strategic equation. We view the acquisition as a strategic play by ET to capture growth at the Mont Belvieu NGL market hub.

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EDA monitors the private WTG assets in Energy Data Studio, WTG processed about 1.25 Bcf/d of Midland Basin gas in 1Q24 (see figure), which translates to about 175 Mb/d of NGL production.

The Lone Star and BANGL pipelines transport most of the NGL production from WTG. This creates a compelling integration story given ET’s 100% ownership in Lone Star and the 20% interest ET will acquire in BANGL (see the figure for plant-to-pipe connections for the WTG assets).

As East Daley discussed in this year’s Dirty Little Secrets, the environment is ripe for midstream M&A. Bigger midstream players are actively seeking to consolidate the NGL value chain, which starts at the wellhead. Recent deals include Kinetik’s (KNTK) purchase of Durango Midstream and Phillips 66’s (PSX) planned acquisition of Pinnacle Midstream. We expect the trend to continue.

Energy Data Studio profiles all leading G&P systems in the Permian Basin, including private and producer-owned assets that could be the next acquisition targets. Large integrated midstream players continue to pursue deals to realize full value-chain economics for NGLs, including exposure to supply growth (Permian) and demand (export docks). – Rob Wilson, CFA Tickers: ET, FANG, KNTK, PSX.


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