The midstream energy industry acts as a critical link between the production and consumption of hydrocarbons, and has been the primary provider of services that ensure the nation's supplies of natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids and refined products are gathered, stored and delivered to markets. Our current facilities focus on four key midstream operations: natural gas gathering, processing, treating and compression. Raw natural gas, produced from wells owned and operated by third-party producers (our customers) is gathered through our pipelines and transported to our plants, where it is processed and/or treated to meet downstream pipeline quality standards. Depending on the components of the gas we handle, we will process the raw natural gas by removing the water and separating the natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the dry natural gas. In locations where there are minimal amounts of NGLs in the gas stream, the natural gas is treated through an amine treating process to remove excess carbon dioxide and then dehydrated to remove any remaining water. Each of these field processes ensures that the natural gas meets regulatory and contractual specifications and is consumable by industrial, commercial and residential natural gas users. The residue natural gas is then redelivered to downstream pipelines for ultimate delivery to consuming markets.
Natural gas liquids such as ethane, propane, butane, iso-butane and natural gasoline that have been removed from the raw natural gas during processing are valuable products for the petrochemical and refining industries. Our processing services include the extraction of NGLs, treating for removal of carbon dioxide (if required) and redelivery into downstream NGL pipelines for our customers.
Crestwood is continuously evaluating additional service opportunities in to other producers and customers in our current geographic areas as well as other natural gas producing regions of the United States.