More NGL fractionation scheduled for Texas production

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 27
-- Enterprise Products Partners LP, Houston, plans to build a 75,000-b/d NGL fractionator at its Mont Belvieu, Tex., site. The plant, sixth in the company’s push, will accommodate continued growth of liquids-rich natural gas production from Texas’s Eagle Ford shale basin, the company said.

Anticipating the expansion, Enterprise said has already obtained necessary approvals and permits that will allow the partnership promptly to begin construction with projected in-service in early 2013.

At that time, Enterprise will be able to fractionate more than 450,000 b/d NGLs at Mont Belvieu. System-wide the partnership’s net fractionation capacity will increase to more than 780,000 b/d.

A.J. Teague, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Enterprise’s general partner, noted that, as with the company’s fifth Mont Belvieu fractionator, currently under construction and set for completion in this year’s fourth quarter, the newly announced unit will be fully contracted when it begins service.

Additional capacity at Mont Belvieu, Teague said, will allow the Mont Belvieu complex to handle about 75,000 b/d of mixed NGLs currently being diverted to Louisiana for fractionating, as well as an incremental 30,000 b/d of y-grade from Phase II expansion of the company’s Yoakum plant in Lavaca County, Tex.

Enterprise’s current assets include about 50,200 miles of onshore and offshore pipelines; 192 million bbl of storage capacity for NGLs, refined products, and oil; and 27 bcf of gas storage capacity.

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