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Oil, gas boom helps Tall Oak Midstream put roots down in Edmond

Tall Oak Midstream formed in Edmond this month with a private equity investment of $100 million.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: February 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: February 11, 2014

The state’s booming oil and natural gas industry has fueled a new company.

Edmond-based Tall Oak Midstream formed this month with a $100 million boost from San Antonio, Texas-based EnCap Flatrock Midstream.

“Our whole team is from Oklahoma or lives in Oklahoma now,” CEO Ryan D. Lewellyn said. “We look forward to making partnerships with Oklahoma producers and service providers.”

Lewellyn formerly was managing director of Denver-based DCP Midstream. He and Chief Commercial Officer Carlos P. Evans developed the idea of Tall Oak during an Oklahoma City Thunder game about a year ago.

“We both had been individually approached by a few investment capital firms to form a midstream company,” Lewellyn said. “The right opportunity came together with EnCap about six months ago. Carlos and I felt comfortable, so we developed a team of young, experienced energy executives that complimented each other well.”

Evans previously was manager of gas sales for Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. Chief Operating Officer Lindel R. Larison also joined Tall Oak from Chesapeake, where he was manager of construction and engineering. Chief Financial Officer Max J. Myers joined Tall Oak from OGE Energy Corp., where he served as treasurer.

Tall Oak is a midstream company focused on natural gas gathering and processing.

“We’re in discussions with producers as to where we will be,” Lewellyn said. “The Midcontinent is the area we know best, but there are quite a few Oklahoma City producers who do business outside the Midcontinent who have shown a lot of interest in our services in the Permian, Marcellus and Utica plays.”

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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