Enterprise begins construction of Delaware basin gas plant

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) has started construction of a seventh natural gas processing plant in the Delaware basin. Situated in Loving County, Tex., the Mentone cryogenic gas processing plant will have the capacity to process 300 MMcfd of gas and extract more than 40,000 b/d of NGLs upon its startup in first-quarter 2020, EPP said.

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) has started construction of a seventh natural gas processing plant in the Delaware basin.

Situated in Loving County, Tex., the Mentone cryogenic gas processing plant will have the capacity to process 300 MMcfd of gas and extract more than 40,000 b/d of NGLs upon its startup in first-quarter 2020, EPP said.

The project, which is supported by a long-term acreage dedication agreement, further extends EPP’s value chain in the growing Delaware basin and provides access to the operator’s fully integrated midstream network serving domestic and international markets,” said A.J. Teague, chief executive officer of EPP’s general partner.

“The new plant complements EPP’s Orla natural gas processing complex in Reeves County, Tex., where the second of three trains [Orla II, 300-MMcfd capacity] is now in service,” Teague confirmed.

The third train remains on scheduled to be completed during second-quarter 2019, Teague said.

Orla and Mentone combined will provide 1.3 billion MMcfd of gas processing capacity and 195,000 b/d of NGL production.

To support development of Mentone, EPP is building 66 miles of large-diameter gathering and residue pipelines and expanding compression capabilities, the operator said.

The projects will allow the Mentone gas processing plant to link to the partnership’s NGL system, including the Shin Oak pipeline scheduled for completion in second-quarter 2019, as well as EPP’s existing Texas Intrastate gas pipeline network (OGJ Online, May 7, 2018; Jan. 3, 2018).

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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