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Devon building pipeline system to serve emerging oil field

Devon Energy Corp. is installing a complex network of oil, gas and water lines to service wells in central Oklahoma's Woodford oil shale.
BY JAY F. MARKS Modified: November 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm •  Published: November 22, 2013

Devon Energy Corp. is building an extensive system of pipelines to aid in the development of its acreage in central Oklahoma's Woodford oil shale.

“It is basically a network to connect our core area with oil, gas and water pipe,” said Kris Goforth, vice president for Devon's Mississippian-Woodford business unit.

The company has high hopes for the emerging oil play.

Goforth said putting pipelines for oil, gas and water in the same right of way allows Devon to save time and money, while limiting disruption for property owners.

She said the lines move oil and gas to common sales points Devon is building in the area, where it has drilled 280 wells.

Goforth said a typical well in the Mississippian-Woodford also produces as much as 2,000 barrels of water a day before dropping off, but Devon's system limits the number of disposal wells that are needed.

“It gives us the ability to re-use this water in other fracs,” she said, although that likely won't start until early next year.

Goforth said the pipeline system also reduces truck traffic in the six-township area of Logan County at the core of Devon's operations.

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