Enterprise Products on Thursday announced that the
partnership's sixth natural
gas liquids (NGL) fractionator at its complex in Mont
Belvieu, Texas, is now operational.
Expected capacity of the unit is 85,000 bpd, increasing total
fractionation capacity at Enterprise's Mont Belvieu facility to
The sixth fractionator will facilitate the increasing NGL
production from domestic shale plays, including the Eagle Ford
and other basins in the Rocky Mountain and Mid-continent
Enterprise noted that rising NGL production from the shale
plays continues to provide a cost advantage for the US petrochemical industry, which
gas-derived feedstocks over imported crude
The sixth fractionator, which is supported by long-term
contracts, will reduce the volumes Enterprise has been
diverting to its Louisiana fractionators and accommodate
incremental volumes from the partnership's new Yoakum natural
processing facility in Lavaca County, Texas.
The first two trains of the Yoakum facility have exceeded
expectations and are processing 700 million cubic feet/day of
gas and extracting 90,000 bpd of mixed NGLs, according
to the company.
"We are very pleased with the addition of our newest
fractionator and proud of the engineering, construction and operating groups
who continue to complete these projects in a timely, safe and
efficient manner," said Michael A. Creel, CEO of
Enterprise's general partner.
"This latest expansion of our Mont Belvieu
infrastructure, which was completed on budget and ahead of
schedule, offers shippers access to the largest NGL markets to
maximize the value of their production and provides end users
with reliable sources of domestic feedstock."
A.J. "Jim" Teague, executive vice president and chief
operating officer of Enterprise's general partner, added:
"Production growth from domestic shale play basins
continues to impress and create growth opportunities for
"Fractionators seven and eight are already under construction at Mont Belvieu and are
expected to increase total capacity at the facility to
approximately 650,000 barrels per day when completed in the
fourth quarter of 2013. At that time, our system-wide
fractionation capacity is expected to exceed 1 million barrels
Enterprise is also benefiting from the increased demand for
propane as a domestic feedstock, in addition to export,
according to the company.