US NGL pipelines expand to match liquids growth

Estimates place the amount of Y-grade NGL flowing into the Mont Belvieu, Tex., fractionation hub by 2013 at slightly more than 2.1 million b/d, a nearly threefold increase from 2006. Potential expansions could add more than 800,000 b/d to this total depending on market demand.1 NGL pipeline projects to meet this demand are moving forward. Whether from the Marcellus and Utica shales in the Northeast US or Midcontinent Bakken shale, a wide variety of plays in Oklahoma and West Texas, or the Eagle Ford shale in southern Texas, produced NGLs will find a path to market. Most plans ultimately bring liquids to Mont Belvieu, but at least one is progressing that will instead make Marcellus and Uti...

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