Tenawa Haven Gas Processing Holds Ribbon Cutting


While the skies were a little grey the morning of September 24th  on the K96 corridor in Reno County, the mood of the crowd that was gathering was anything but grey.  Officials from the City of Haven, the State of Kansas, the corridor region and as far away as Houston, Texas came together on a site just west of the City of Haven, on the south side of Highway K96 to officially open the new Tenawa Haven Processing Plant.  The morning events included a formal ribbon cutting and comments from Tenawa President Greg Ameringer, who designed the facility, Tenawa Vice President of Commercial Robert Jernigan and Vice President of Operations Brad Misley.  Officials welcoming the company to the region included Haven Mayor Paula Scott, Reno County Commission Chairman James Schlickau, Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer and Kansas Deputy Secretary of Commerce Steve Kelly.  The event wrapped up with a lunch of traditional southern shrimp boil and homemade cinnamon rolls from nearby Yoder, Kansas. The Haven Chamber of Commerce, the K96 Corridor Development Association and Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce joined the company in hosting the event.

The plant is owned by Tenawa Resource Management, a Houston based company that provides midstream services to the natural gas and oil industry.  It is one of the largest, most flexible and fuel-efficient gas processing plants in the United States.  The state-of-the-art facility extracts liquid hydrocarbons from natural gas transported by pipeline from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and is capable of processing up to 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.  Construction of the facility, estimated to cost several hundred million dollars, was accomplished in an impressive 15 months.  The gleaming towers can be seen for miles as you travel along the K96 corridor from Wichita to Hutchinson. 

The project to make the facility a reality was a true regional effort that included the K96 Corridor Development Association, the State of Kansas, City of Haven and Reno County.  Company president Greg Ameringer spoke to the Haven City Council early in the application process and stated the company’s desire to be a good partner to the City. He told the crowd at the ribbon cutting that it was a joy to be here.  The facility will house ten full time employees and the construction project provided jobs for hundreds of workers from the local area.  Harland Priddle, Executive Director of the K96 Corridor Development Association, pointed to the project as an example of the great things that happen when regional cooperation exists.