Atlas Pipeline Partners and Pioneer Natural expand Permian Basin partnership Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) have entered into an agreement to substantially expand Pioneer's commitment to APL in the burgeoning Permian Basin of West Texas. The amendment extends the contractual term for an additional 10 years through 2032 and extends the area of mutual interest in Martin and Andrews Counties. APL will immediately undertake the construction of a new incremental 200 MMCFD cryogenic processing facility in the northern part of the Permian, scheduled to enter service in 2H15. Construction and installation costs for the plant are expected to be $100M-120M net to the Partnership. The majority of the capital will be invested in 2015.
Pioneer Natural downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Capital One Capital One downgraded Pioneer Natural to reflect lower oil, gas, and NGL price deck forecasts and said valuation is lofty. Price target is $163.