EPP, Lavaca to build Baymark ethylene pipeline

Enterprise Products Partners reported plans to extend its ethylene pipeline and logistics system further into South Texas, “a leading growth area for crackers and ethylene derivative plants.” The Baymark ethylene pipeline will originate in the Bayport area of southeast Harris County and extend 90 miles to Markham, Tex., in Matagorda County.

May 30th, 2019

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), Houston, reported plans to extend its ethylene pipeline and logistics system further into South Texas, “a leading growth area for crackers and ethylene derivative plants.”

The Baymark ethylene pipeline will originate in the Bayport area of southeast Harris County and extend 90 miles to Markham, Tex., in Matagorda County.

The project, which is slated to start service in fourth-quarter 2020, is a joint venture of EPP and Lavaca Pipe Line Co., a subsidiary of Formosa Plastics Corp. USA. EPP will be the majority owner, operator, and commercial manager for the line.

“The US petrochemical industry is experiencing unprecedented growth with production of ethylene expected to exceed 100 billion lb/year by 2025,” said AJ Teague, chief executive officer of EPP’s general partner.

The Baymark line will provide access to a high-capacity ethylene storage well that EPP is repurposing at its Mont Belvieu complex, as well as connectivity to the ethylene export terminal currently under construction at Morgan’s Point, the company said.

The storage well, which is expected to be completed in this year’s third quarter, will have a capacity of 600 million lb. The terminal will have the capacity to export 2.2 billion lb/year of ethylene and is slated to start service in this year’s fourth quarter.

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