Enterprise Products is expanding its wholly-owned Aegis
ethane pipeline along the US Gulf Coast following strong
interest from shippers, the company said on Monday.
Long-term agreements have been executed, which support
increasing the size of the Aegis pipeline to 20-inches in
diameter, which will facilitate delivery of up to 425,000 bpd
of ethane to the expanding petrochemical corridor along the
The 270-mile Aegis pipeline will originate at Enterprises
liquids storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and,
through connections to other Enterprise-owned pipelines,
deliver purity ethane to ethylene production facilities between Beaumont, Texas
and Napoleonville, Louisiana.
Aegis will commence service in phases, with initial deliveries
expected to begin during the second quarter of 2014.
Interest continues to build as shippers recognize the
value Aegis offers through enhanced flexibility, supply
diversification and market access, said A.J.
Jim Teague, chief operating officer of
Enterprises general partner. As an extension of our
midstream network that features access to 100 million barrels
of storage capacity at our Mont Belvieu complex, the Aegis
pipeline system offers a complete and integrated solution for
meeting the needs of both producers and consumers of growing
domestic supplies of ethane.
"Together, Aegis and our South Texas ethane pipeline enable
Enterprise to provide ethylene facilities from Corpus Christi to
the Mississippi River with reliable supplies of ethane through
a header system anchored by our Mont Belvieu complex," he
To accommodate this additional shipper interest, Enterprise
is conducting a supplemental open season that began Monday
morning and will close on November 14. Service is being offered
in this supplemental open season under substantially similar
terms and conditions as previously offered