TexStar MidStream Services will install two natural gas
liquids (NGL) fractionation units adjacent to the
LyondellBasell olefins plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, the
companies announced on Thursday.
The Corpus Christi plant is run by LyondellBasell affiliate
The fractionation units will be capable of processing a
combined 63,000 bpd of NGLs produced from the Eagle Ford
shale into ethane, propane, butanes and natural gasoline.
Equistar plans to operate the fractionators for TexStar and
said it will provide various utilities to the facility from its
adjacent Corpus Christi olefins facility.
In addition, Equistar will purchase ethane and propane produced
from the units under a long-term agreement. The NGLs will be
used as feedstocks for Equistar's olefins
unit to produce ethylene and propylene.
The fractionators will be located on a 40-acre site owned by
Equistar and leased to TexStar. Construction will commence in April
2013, with startup projected for late 2013.
"The fractionation facilities will enable us to
diversify and increase our NGL feedstock supply from nearby shale
formations in the region in advance of our upcoming capacity expansion at Corpus Christi, and
provides TexStar the benefit of our existing infrastructure at
the site," said LyondellBasell CEO Jim Gallogly.
"This is another example of a project that can bring efficiency
and value and be quickly implemented to take advantage of
low-cost natural gas and NGLs in North America," he
LyondellBasell recently announced plans to expand ethylene
capacity at Corpus Christi by 800 million lb/year.
San Antonio-based TexStar provides a full range of midstream
services to its customers including gathering, treating, and
processing of natural gas and NGLs.