Crosstex Energy has announced plans to construct an $80 million natural-gas processing facility called Bear Creek in the Barnett Shale region of north Texas.

The new plant, which is expected to become operational in the third quarter of 2009, will have a gas processing capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d), increasing the company’s total processing capacity in the Barnett Shale to 485mmcf/d. The Bear Creek plant will be strategically located near Crosstex Energy’s midstream assets in Hood County.

Barry Davis, president and CEO of Crosstex Energy, said: The new Bear Creek facility will allow us to optimize the performance of our north Texas assets. The fact that we are beginning to construct this new plant on the heels of starting up the Silver Creek processing plant in 2007 clearly shows that we expect our volumes in the Barnett Shale to grow substantially.

We are excited that Bear Creek will allow us to become an even better full-service provider to our customers, some of the most active natural-gas producers in the area.