More Texas fractionation on tap for shale gas liquids

By OGJ editors

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP, Houston, will expand the its NGL fractionator at its Sweeny, Tex., plant in Old Ocean, Tex. Construction is to start next month and be completed in February 2013.

With the expansion, the NGL fractionator will be able to accommodate an additional 22,000 b/d, or a 19% increase over current capacity, the company said.

“One of the main drivers for the project is the rapid development of natural gas, crude oil, and NGLs from the shale formations in the region,” said Martin Dale, feedstock procurement manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical.

The fractionator at Sweeny was built in the 1960s and consists of two trains currently with a capacity of 116,000 b/d.

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