Enterprise Completes 7th NGL Fractionator at Mont Belvieu

Mont Belvieu Fractionator
Mont Belvieu Fractionator

Enterprise Products brought its seventh fractionator online at the company's Mont Belvieu Complex earlier in September.

The new unit adds 85,000 b/d of fractionation capacity and expands the company's capacity at Mont Belvieu to 570,000 b/d.  An eighth plant will be online at the end of the year and will add another 85,000 b/d of capacity.

NGL fractionation capacity is important for shale plays like the Eagle Ford where high BTU gas is produced. Without fractionation capacity, the value of the individual NGL components, ethane, propane, butane, etc., can not be extracted from a mixed stream of NGLs.

Our eighth fractionator is also running ahead of schedule and should be in-service by mid-fourth quarter 2013. Fractionators seven and eight will increase total capacity at the partnership’s Mont Belvieu complex to 655,000 BPD, compared to 400,000 BPD just three years ago.
— Michael A. Creel, CEO

Enterprise operates the units and Western Gas owns a 25% interest in the 7th and 8th fractionators at Mont Belvieu.

Read the full press release enterpriseproducts.com

Net Midstream 105-mile Expansion to Agua Dulce Planned

Net Midstream's subsidiary, Eagle Ford Midstream, LP, has plans to expand its existing pipeline system by 105-miles from La Salle County to Nueces County. Anadarko is supporting the pipeline through a long-term transportation agreement.  The addition will add 105-miles of 24-30 inch pipe that will transport residue gas from Anadarko's Western Gas (Brasada) processing plant in La Salle County, TX to the Agua Dulce Hub in Nueces County, TX.

The Eagle Ford Midstream system, as of the announcement, consisted of 55 miles of 16-inch pipeline in La Salle and McMullen counties that delivers gas to Net's La Salle Pipeline and the Transco Pipeline near Tilden, TX. Net's La Salle pipeline delivers gas to a power plant in Pearsall, TX and the Transco Pipeline is a major interstate pipeline operated by Williams that delivers gas from South Texas to the Northeast.

Read more about Eagle Ford Midstream at netmidstream.com

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.