NEW YORK Noble Energy
Inc. plans to build the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant
in Colorado, the company said.
The $45-million facility will
have the capacity to produce 100,000 gallons of LNG daily,
which will be used to fuel the companys rigs and other
heavy equipment in its DJ Basin operations in north-central
Colorado. The DJ Basin contains the companys largest U.S.
Houston-based Noble also expects
to make LNG available to other oil and natural gas producers in
The facility is being built in
conjunction with Nobles Keota natural gas processing
plant in northern Weld County, Colo.
The LNG operation is expected to be operational shortly
after the natural gas plant is completed in mid-2014.