Enterprise Products Partners on Friday started up the first
train of its new cryogenic natural gas processing plant at
This facility has a design capacity of 300 million cubic
feet/ day (MMcf/day) and can extract approximately 37,000 bpd
of natural gas liquids (NGLs), according to the company.
During the start-up period, the plant will process existing
Eagle Ford production in a reduced recovery mode to enable
testing of the plant and supporting facilities and make adjustments to
Incoming natural gas volumes and recovery percentages at the
facility will continue to increase throughout the month of May,
with full production from the plant expected by June 1,
Prior to the start-up of the Yoakum plant, Enterprise had
been utilizing capacity at natural gas processing plants owned
by third parties.
Most of these volumes will now be diverted and processed at
the Yoakum facility.
The coordination, hard work and dedication exhibited
by our employees in Houston and in the field has been
tremendous and allowed us to complete this first train on
schedule and under budget, said A.J. Jim
Teague, executive vice president and chief operating officer of
Enterprises general partner.
The long-term outlook in the Eagle Ford Shale
continues to show growth in rich gas production and Enterprise
is well-positioned to help meet the need for midstream
infrastructure through the cost-effective expansion of our integrated
A 65-mile, 36-inch diameter residue natural gas pipeline
linking the Yoakum plant to Enterprises Wilson natural
gas storage facility was completed in April 2012.
Additionally, the partnership has also completed construction of 169 miles of 20-inch
and 24-inch diameter pipeline for delivering mixed NGLs
extracted at Yoakum to Enterprises fractionation and
storage complex at Mont Belvieu, Texas.