Enterprise to further expand Mont Belvieu NGL fractionation capacity

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) is planning an additional incremental 150,000-b/d expansion to its existing NGL fractionation complex in Mont Belvieu, Tex. To become the eleventh NGL fractionator at the site, this new unit would increase EPP’s NGL fractionation capacity to 1 million b/d in the Mont Belvieu area and about 1.5 million b/d companywide once service begins, the company said.

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) is planning an additional incremental 150,000-b/d expansion to its existing NGL fractionation complex in Mont Belvieu, Tex.

To become the eleventh NGL fractionator at the site, this new unit would increase EPP’s NGL fractionation capacity to 1 million b/d in the Mont Belvieu area and about 1.5 million b/d companywide once service begins, the company said.

The new NGL fractionator is scheduled to be completed in second-quarter 2020, the operator said.

Announcement of this latest Mont Belvieu expansion follows EPP’s earlier announced plan for a separate 150,000-b/d NGL fractionator, now under construction, which is scheduled to be completed during first-quarter 2020 (OGJ Online, Sept. 5, 2018).

Both projects are supported by long-term, fee-based contracts, EPP said.

“The demand for NGL fractionation capacity continues to expand as producers in domestic shale plays like the Permian basin, the Eagle Ford, and DJ basin seek market access and end users require supply assurance,” said A.J. Teague, chief executive officer of EPP’s general partner.

“With the completion of our new fractionators, [EPP] will have essentially doubled its fractionation capacity in response to the shale revolution of the past decade,” Teague added, noting that the new fractionation units also will supply NGL products for the expanding petrochemical industry on the US Gulf Coast as well as growing global demand for US NGLs.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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