Enterprise Products has commenced operations at its expanded
export facility, increasing the partnerships capability
to load propane, butane and isobutane (LPG), the company said
Located on the Houston Ship Channel, the marine terminal
complex is owned by Oiltanking Partners.
Enterprise also announced that it and Oiltanking have
expanded the scope of their long-term terminal service
agreement, which runs through 2026. This relationship dates
back to the early 1980s.
The expansion of Enterprises export facility increases
the partnerships capacity to load fully refrigerated
LPGs, the company said.
The loading capacity for low-ethane propane increases from the
current rate of almost 4 million bbl/month to approximately 7.5
million bbl/month. The expanded facility also provides
customers with improved access to export domestically-produced
LPGs to growing international markets, according to Enterprise
The amended terminal service agreement with Oiltanking also
gives Enterprise additional operating flexibility, the company
said, including an increase in the number of docks
available to load LPG export vessels. Access to these
additional docks would support further expansions of Enterprises LPG
Enterprise said it is currently evaluating an additional expansion that would increase the
partnerships propane export capacity up to 10 million
bbl/month. It could be in service as soon as the beginning
We are pleased to complete the expansion of our LPG
export facility and to enhance our relationship with
Oiltanking, said A.J. Jim Teague, chief
operating officer of Enterprises general partner.
There is strong international demand for US propane and
we continue to receive strong indications of interest for
long-term commitments from customers that could underwrite
another expansion of the export facility.
The combination of the expanded LPG export facility and the
partnerships Mont Belvieu NGL fractionation and storage
complex to which it is connected, uniquely positions Enterprise
to address both the supply and demand side of the equation, the
Complementing the partnerships export dock initiative is
an expansion of the Panama Canal.
Scheduled to begin operations in the second quarter of 2015,
company officials say the project should provide Enterprise
customers with greater flexibility, including improved access
to Asian markets.