It will be a number of weeks before Devon Energy Corp. gets its new natural gas processing plant near Calumet back online after it was damaged by flying debris from a Tuesday tornado, a company spokesman said.
The storm destroyed a drilling rig being operated nearby by Denver-based Cimarex Energy Co.
Devon officials are assessing the damage to the $140 million plant, but spokesman Chip Minty said it likely will take several weeks to determine the extent of the damage and repair it.
He said no one was injured when a tornado struck a salvage yard near the plant, located just north of Interstate 40 near Calumet.
“We knew this storm was coming so we had time to shut this plant in and secure it,” Minty said. “All of our employees were able to move into our on-site storm shelter.”
No one was injured when the Cimarex-operated rig near the Devon plant was hit by Tuesday's tornado, said Steve Bell, the company's senior vice president. He said the rig, owned by Oklahoma City's Cactus Drilling Co., was evacuated before the tornado hit.
In the aftermath of the storm, Devon has shut production at some of its wells in the Cana play until the company can find some alternate processing capacity.
The damaged plant was capable of processing up to 200 million cubic feet of gas a day, Minty said. Devon has been producing about 160 million cubic feet of gas a day in western Oklahoma.
He said Devon can move about 50 million cubic feet of dry gas a day to a large compressor station in the area, but the company is working with some third-party processors to take up the slack from its damaged plant.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Continental Resources Inc. reported some minor damage to their facilities in the area as well, but nothing that impeded operations.