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ARB Midstream begins service at new DJ Basin crude gathering system

ARB Midstream LLC subsidiary DJ South Gathering LLC placed into service its Badger crude oil gathering pipeline as it continues to expand its gathering and transportation system in the DJ Basin of Colorado.

The pipeline began receiving crude in October. With a throughput of 90,000 barrels per day, Badger is designed to transport crude from southwestern Weld County, Colo., delivering into a 300,000-bbl crude storage facility in Platteville, Colo., according to an Oct. 15 news release.

Besides the Badger pipeline, DJ South's system also includes the 220,000-bbl/d Matador pipeline and the 150,000-bbl/d Freedom pipeline. Matador is scheduled to start up at the end of the year and is the only pipeline that links Platteville to the southern region of the DJ Basin. The bidirectional Freedom pipeline would link Platteville to Lucerne West, the delivery point of ARB Midstream's Platte River gathering system in the northern DJ Basin.

DJ South is also developing a header system to connect Platteville to a number of takeaway pipelines and transport crude to downstream markets, the company said.

Privately held ARB Midstream's crude gathering system in the DJ Basin spans over 250 miles, with an existing and planned throughput capacity of more than 625,000 bbl/d and storage capacity of 600,000 bbl. The company's expansion is financed by private equity firm Ball Ventures LLC's energy division BV Natural Resources LLC.