Phillips 66 plans fractionator near Sweeny, Tex., refinery

Phillips 66 plans to develop a 100,000-b/d NGL fractionator at Old Ocean, Tex., near the company’s Sweeny refinery, some 40 miles southwest of Houston. If all approvals are received on schedule, construction will begin in first-half 2014 with start-up by second-half 2015, the company said.

Several NGL pipelines near the proposed site will feed the new fractionator, the company said, thus avoiding the pipeline congestion near Mont Belvieu, Tex., fractionation, east of Houston.

Products from the fractionator would be marketed primarily to petrochemical customers in the region with access to Mont Belvieu. Phillips 66 recently sought expressions of interest from potential Y-grade suppliers, it said.

The project is in engineering design, and the company is filing for applicable permits.

It said its history in midstream includes NGL gathering, long-haul transportation, storage, and fractionation. It owns fractionation capacity at the Gulf Coast Fractionators (GCF) and Enterprise Products Partners LP fractionators in Mont Belvieu, as well as in the Conway, Kan., fractionator jointly owned by Williams Partners LP and Mid Continent Fractionation and Storage LLC, both based in Tulsa.

Phillips 66 owns 22.5% of GCF and operates it for the joint venture.

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