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The Wisdom Lost in the Data: ET Processing

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The Daley Note: July 11, 2023

At a high level, data gives us facts that can be leveraged to make decisions. In reality, the wisdom of a decision can often be lost in the data. Energy Transfer’s (ET) Delaware Basin system in the Permian provides such an example.

According to G&P system projections in Energy Data Studio, we forecast 11% growth on the ET - Delaware asset in 2023, with gas supply expected to increase to over 2 Bcf/d by 2025. Growth is supported by producers EOG Resources (EOG), Mewborne, Chevron (CVX), ExxonMobil (XOM), Occidental (OXY) and ConocoPhillips (COP), which together supply more than 60% of system throughput.

ET has been expanding natural gas processing on the Delaware system, recently bringing online the Grey Wolf and Bear plants. At first glance, these additions appear to be an overbuild when comparing system capacity to total inlet volumes. We estimate June 2023 flows at 1.54 Bcf/d on ET – Delaware, while the Wolf and Bear expansions bring total gas processing capacity to 2.25 Bcf/d (see figure).

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However, a deeper dive into the Energy Data Studio data shows that several of the 12 plants that make up the Delaware super-system, including the Coyanosa, Gomez and Jal #3 plants, have seen declining throughput in recent years. Volumes processed by these three plants have declined by nearly 100 MMcf/d since 2019 (see figure). These plants have spare capacity but do not appear to be factoring into ET’s plans for new volumes, whether due to their age or location in the Permian.

So while it may appear the Wolf and Bear expansions aren’t necessary, in reality the Delaware system was nearly full, and the new plants are needed to support growth. The ET - Delaware system feeds the company’s vertically integrated gas pipelines (Oasis, ET Fuel, Transwestern) as well as the three pipelines bucketed under the Lonestar NGL Pipeline.

Given EDA’s system-level projections, Energy Transfer could require yet another plant in the next year or so to support growth. The company may have some flexibility to handle growth, given that it can move over as much as 200 MMcf/d of rich gas from its Midland gathering system via its recently completed Permian Bridge Pipeline.

East Daley will be covering ET – Delaware, along with four other major G&P systems driving growth in the Permian Basin, on a cohosted webinar with our friends at Rextag this Thursday, July 13. Register here to come and join the discussion. – Justin Carlson, East Daley Chief Commercial Officer Tickers: COP, CVX, EOG, ET, OXY, XOM.



East Daley, Rextag to Host Webinar on Natural Gas Infrastructure

East Daley Analytics will be cohosting a webinar this Thursday with our friends at Rextag. In “The Big Squeeze: The Players Driving Natural Gas Growth,” we will profile several leading G&P systems in the Permian Basin. The webinar will take place Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 PM CDT. Register here to join the discussion.


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