News Release
June 18, 2001


HOUSTON -- Duke Energy Field Services (DEFS) and BP America, Inc. (BP) have signed a 12-year agreement to expand gathering and processing infrastructure and services to accommodate BP’s Greater Green River Basin drilling program in Wamsutter, Wyo.

This agreement dedicates to DEFS gas produced by BP within nine townships in the Bitter Creek and Laney Wash areas on the western flank of the Wamsutter field where BP expects to drill more than 300 new gas wells. Over the 12-year period, gas production rates are currently estimated to peak at 100 million cubic feet of gas per day. "Overall, this expanded infrastructure will enable new gas supplies to be delivered to consumers within the Midwest market areas," said Steve Blossom, asset manager for BP.

DEFS’ new gathering system, currently under construction, will consist of 32 miles of 12-inch and 16-inch pipelines connecting BP’s new gas wells to DEFS’ Patrick Draw natural gas processing plant. A temporary pipeline was installed in February to minimize gas vented to the atmosphere during BP’s completion of the first six wells. This line will enable BP to move up to 5 million cubic feet of gas per day to energy markets until the permanent gathering pipeline has been built and tested later this year.

"We are excited about BP’s leadership and commitment to developing significant new energy supplies in one of our core areas and pleased to provide the facilities and services required to make this project a success," according to Kevin Williams, vice president of DEFS.

BP America, Inc., formerly BP-Amoco, is the largest operator of natural gas wells in the Greater Green River Basin. BP is an international company involved in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing, supply and transportation of hydrocarbons; and manufacturing and marketing of petrochemicals, and solar and gas-fired power generation.

DEFS, headquartered in Denver, Col., is a midstream energy company that gathers, processes, transports, markets and stores natural gas and produces, transports and markets natural gas liquids (NGLs). DEFS operates in 11 states and across five of the largest natural gas producing regions in North America. The company owns and operates 64 plants and 57,000 miles of pipeline, and its operating territory extends from western Canada to the Gulf Coast. Duke Energy Field Services, LLC was formed by combining the Duke Energy and Phillips Petroleum natural gas gathering and processing businesses. Duke Energy, a diversified multi-national energy company, owns approximately 70 percent of the joint venture and Phillips Petroleum owns about 30 percent. More information is available about the company at

Contact: Tom Long, DEFS
Phone: 303/605-1731
24 Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
Contact: Paula Barnett, BP
Phone: 281/366-3701
24 Hour Phone: 877/705-3278
Email: n/a