Plains All American Expanding Eagle Ford Fractionation & Condensate Stabilization

Plains All American Eagle Ford Assets
Plains All American Eagle Ford Assets

Plains All American plans to spend $120 million to construct a new natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator and expand its condensate stabilization facility in South Texas.

The new fractionator  will be located near the company's Gardendale facilities in La Salle County, TX.

The fractionator is supported by third party commitments and will have capacity of 15,000 b/d of Y-Grade and off-spec Y-Grade products.

Also Read: Plains & Enterprise Announce Eagle For JV Pipeline Expansion

Plain All American's existing Gardendale truck and rail infrastructure will be upgraded to handle unloading and loading of Y-Grade products. Plains will also build 80,000 bbls of storage for the NGL products

The condensate stabilization train will be the third in the area and will provide approximately 40,000 barrels per day of incremental capacity.  Total capacity will be 120,000 b/d when it is completed.


Southcross Energy's Eagle Ford Project Is Nearing Completion

Southcross Energy's Eagle Ford Projects & Assets
Southcross Energy's Eagle Ford Projects & Assets

Southcross Energy is expected to complete a natural gas pipeline lateral into McMullen County later in October. The pipeline is expected to add 15 mmcfd of rich natural gas supply to the company's South Texas processing and fractionation complex.

The company's South Texas Eagle Ford region experienced processing volume growth of 9% and NGL sales volume growth of 17% in the third quarter. Small expansions like the McMullen County pipeline lateral should continue to support growth in volumes for Southcross.

We are expanding our pipeline network in the Eagle Ford to capture processing volumes and to meet growing demand for the integrated services that we offer.
— David Biegler, Chairman, CEO of Southcross’ general partner

Southcross has completed three expansions recently:

  • 3.5 mile lateral in McMullen County
  • 9.5 mile, 16-inch pipeline in Karnes County
  • A new propane pipeline connected to the Bonnie View fractionator

Read the full McMullen County expansion press release at

Chevron Phillips - Baytown Petchem Facility to be World's Largest

Chevron Phillips announced the company is going forward with a major petro-chemical facility at the Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex in Baytown, TX. The new plant will be the world's largest on purpose 1-hexene plant and will be capable of producing 250,000,000 metric tons (551,000,000 lbs) per year. The announcement follows a release less than two weeks ago that the company will expand NGL fractionation, at the Sweeny Plant in Old Ocean, TX, to 116,000 b/d. An increase in capacity of 22,000 b/d or almost 20%.

Both developments are the direct result of growing feedstock supplies from liquids plays that produce significant volumes of NGLs. We discussed the reasoning behind new fractionation and petchem facilities in more detail in a previous article titled Eagle Ford NGLs Adding to U.S. Supply Growth.

1-hexene isn't in my normal vocabulary, but the company provided the following description.

The new 1-hexene unit at the Cedar Bayou facility will enjoy significant advantages in infrastructure, feedstock availability, and operational expertise. 1-hexene is a critical component used in the manufacture of polyethylene, a plastic resin commonly converted into film, pipe, detergent bottles, and food and beverage containers.

Construction on the petchem plant will begin soon, with a targeted completion date of early 2014.  The fractionator expansion will be complete early in 2013.

Read the entire press release at

Enterprise Products Adding NGL Fractionators 7 & 8 at Mont Belvieu

Enterprise Product Partners is the latest of many Eagle Ford midstream companies that are adding infrastructure to handle growing NGL production. Enterprise is already constructing its sixth fractionator at Mont Belvieu and the latest announcement comes after Dow and Shell announced plans to go forward with new petrochemical plants in the U.S. The additions will add 150,000 b/d of incremental capacity in the fourth quarter of 2013 when total capacity will be more than 610,000 b/d at the facilities. That's more than double the capacity of Enterprise's plant just two years ago. The plans are supported by growing volumes of NGL production in the Eagle Ford Shale, Rocky Mountains, and West Texas.

Expanding Enterprise's Eagle Ford Midstream Business

The company is also extending its Eagle Ford NGL pipeline (450,000 b/d ultimate capacity) to Anadarko's Western Gas Brasada Processing Plant (200 mmcfd) in La Salle County, TX. The expansion adds over 173-miles of pipe, with capacity of 140,000 b/d, that will connect to Enterprises infrastructure near the company's processing plant in Yoakum, TX. The extension gives access to the Western Gas Plant and seven other South Texas processing facilities.

As of the announcement, Enterprise had completed 375 miles of natural gas pipelines in the South Texas Eagle Ford. The company's Eagle Ford Mainline system is close to completion and will be able to deliver 900 mmcfd of rich gas to the Yoakum plant. The Yoakum plant will begin processing rich gas in May and will reach full capability by the first quarter of 2013. At that time, the plant will be able to process 900 mmcfd of gas, with capacity of 110,000 b/d of NGLs.

Including Enterprise’s seven other integrated South Texas processing facilities, the partnership will be able to offer approximately 2.4 billion cubic feet per day of processing capacity for the region when Yoakum is fully operational.

What is a NGL Fractionation?

Once NGLs are processed out of the natural gas stream, wet-gas, the individual products must be separated to be marketed and consumed. Fractionators take the NGLs to their various boiling points and separate out the individual products - ethane, butane, iso-butane, propane, pentanes, and natural gasolines. Ethane is a common feedstock for petrochemical plants and butane and propane can be used for heating or in your lighters and grills.

Energy Transfer Adding 100,000 b/d Mont Belvieu Fractionation Plant for Eagle Ford Production

Energy Transfer and Regency Energy announced construction of a second Mont Belvieu fractionation facility at a cost of $350 million.  The plant will complement infrastructure being built to support the Eagle Ford Shale, Permian Basin, and Woodford Shale. Lone Star NGL, the official name of the Energy Transfer and Regency Energy partnership, will build a second 100,000 barrel per day natural gas liquids (NGLs) fractionation plant to support growing demand from liquids-rich areas in Texas and Oklahoma. A 100,000 b/d fractionator is currently under construction with a planned completion date in the first quarter of 2013 and the new fractionator will be completed in the first quarter of 2014. 

The new plant is fully contracted with long-term agreements and marks a string of major developments increasing capacity for crude and NGLs produced in the Eagle Ford.

In the past two weeks, we've had the following major announcements:

Read the entire press release tat