Meritage Midstream Services has completed the Fasken Ranch lateral pipeline, which began flowing natural gas this week.

The pipeline is an extension to the company’s Eagle Ford Escondido Gathering System in Webb County, Texas.

The 14.5-mile, 12-inch pipeline extends Meritage Midstream’s natural gas gathering system to the northwest into Swift Energy’s Fasken operating area.

Meritage is also building a 10.5-mile, 16-inch pipeline extension to the southeast to increase takeaway capacity in the Eagle Ford shale.

This line is expected to be in place in early 2011, and Meritage will expand treating capacity at its South Calahan facility as volumes on the gathering system increase.