TEPPCO to expand northeastern US LPG pipeline

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Nov. 21 -- TEPPCO Partners LP plans to expand the capacity of its northeastern US LPG delivery system next year by more than 1 million bbl during peak winter months, the company reported. To facilitate the expansion TEPPCO will construct three new pump stations on its LPG common carrier pipeline between Middletown, Ohio, and Greensburg, Pa. The expansion is scheduled for completion during third quarter 2003.

TEPPCO said the project is part of a system-wide effort to increase its LPG deliverability, and to that end will complete an LPG truck rack upgrade at Princeton, Ind., this month and add an additional 3.5 million bbl of brine containment at Mont Belvieu, Tex., by summer 2003.

Demand for LPG in North America continues to increase. In June, Houston-based analyst Purvin & Gertz Inc. reported that by 2005 LPG demand in North America would increase to more than 67 million tonnes/year from more than 40 million tonnes of LPG in 1985 (OGJ, June 24, 2002, p. 58).

"We are committed to growth in our LPG markets and continue to look for opportunities to increase the amount of LPGs that move through our system and terminals," said Thomas R. Harper, vice-president, commercial downstream. "This project sets the foundation for further expansions based on future market conditions."

TEPPCO transports LPG from the upper Texas Gulf Coast to the northeastern US. Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Co. LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy Field Services LLC, is the general partner of TEPPCO Partners LP.

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