Williams Midstream Gas Plant to Expand
KREX News Room
PARACHUTE, Colo.- Williams Midstream, a natural gas plant in Parachute, is the biggest facility on the Western Slope, and it's about to get much bigger.
Williams Midstream has broken ground on a new $190 million cryogenic facility.
The building will allow more natural gas to be extracted and create more gas liquids out of the gas stream.
"The natural gas liquids have been very valuable, and last year the decision was made to go ahead with the project to construct this cryogenic unit," said Donna Gray, spokesperson for Williams Midstream.
The plant currently creates about 6,000 barrels of natural gas liquids a day, and with the new facility, that number will increase to 30,000 barrels.
Officials say butane, propane and ethane will be sold separately from methane, increasing the facility's profits, along with other natural gas producers.
Williams Midstream officials say their most beneficial asset is ethane, which is a feed stock for plastic manufacturers.
"It's a very valuable commodity for us and why it's very worthwhile to invest the money that we have in the addition to our gas plant," said Gray.
The construction project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2014.
Once the project is completed, officials say they'll be hiring two or three more workers.