Enterprise to add train at Orla gas plant

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), Houston, has approved a project that will add 300 MMcfd of capacity at its Orla cryogenic natural gas processing plant under construction near Orla, Tex.

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), Houston, has approved a project that will add 300 MMcfd of capacity at its Orla cryogenic natural gas processing plant under construction near Orla, Tex. (OGJ Online, June 20, 2016).

The addition of the third processing train at Orla will increase inlet-volume capacity to 900 MMcfd at the site and enable the operator to expand NGL-extraction capabilities by 50,000 b/d, to 120,000 b/d, EPP said.

The Orla III processing train is scheduled to begin service during second-quarter 2019. The Orla I and II trains remain on schedule to be completed during the second and third quarters of 2018, respectively, according to the company.

EPP announced in June 2017 that it would add a second 300-MMcfd processing train as well as another 40,000 b/d of NGL extraction capability at Orla to further accommodate rising NGL-rich gas production in the Delaware basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico (OGJ Online, June 30, 2017).

The Orla III expansion will raise EPP’s total natural gas processing capacity in the Permian basin to more than 1.2 bcfd and boost NGL extraction capacities in the region to more than 200,000 b/d.

Production of natural gas and NGL in the Permian basin could nearly double during the next 5 years, according to A.J. Teague, chief executive officer of EPP’s general partner.

Mixed NGLs from Orla will be delivered into EPP’s fully integrated NGL system, including the recently announced 571-mile Shin Oak pipeline, which will transport NGLs from the Permian basin to the firm’s fractionation and storage complex at Mont Belvieu, Tex. (OGJ Online, Apr. 10, 2017).

Residual natural gas from Orla will move to the Waha area through a 68-mile, 36-in. diameter pipeline scheduled to begin service commensurate with the Orla I train and will connect to EPP’s Texas Intrastate pipeline system at the Waha hub.

EPP said the Shin Oak pipeline remains on schedule to enter service during second-quarter 2019.

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