Crude oil, natural gas production filling SemGroup pipelines, storage tanks

The Tulsa-based midstream company's infrastructure expansions are driving its growth.
by Paul Monies Published: November 11, 2012
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Increased production of crude oil and natural gas in the Mid-Continent region is helping SemGroup Corp. fill its pipelines and storage tanks, pushing the company to the No. 9 position on this year's Oklahoma Inc. list.

SemGroup also is beginning to see the benefits of spinning off a master limited partnership, Rose Rock Midstream LP, in an initial public offering at the end of 2011. Rose Rock is a crude oil pipeline and storage partnership that has about 7 million barrels of oil storage in Cushing. SemGroup owns 57 percent of the partnership.

SemGroup describes its assets as being in the “liquids fairway” of the Mid-Continent, an area stretching from western Alberta, Canada, through the central United States to Texas. It includes storage and pipelines in what SemGroup calls “celebrity plays” in North Dakota, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.

“SemGroup's facilities are strategically located in these celebrity plays, and we have been actively growing our infrastructure to support the increasing oil and gas production in the United States and Canada,” said Norm Szydlowski, president and chief executive officer.

The company also has asphalt terminals in Mexico and storage tanks in the United Kingdom. SemGroup and Rose Rock combined have 700 employees worldwide, including more than 150 employees in Oklahoma.

Cushing, the “pipeline crossroads of the world,” is a top focus for SemGroup and Rose Rock. SemGroup recently partnered with Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Gavilon on the planned Glass Mountain Pipeline, which will deliver oil from western Oklahoma to Cushing and be operational by the end of 2013. The company also partnered with producers in Colorado to expand its White Cliffs Pipeline from eastern Colorado to Cushing.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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SemGroup's facilities are strategically located in these celebrity plays, and we have been actively growing our infrastructure to support the increasing oil and gas production in the United States and Canada.”

Norm Szydlowski

President and chief executive officer

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