Enterprise Products said Tuesday that the eighth natural gas
liquids (NGL) fractionator at the partnerships Mont
Belvieu, Texas complex is now operational.
The new unit, which has the capability to fractionate up to
85,000 bpd of NGL, increases total NGL fractionation
capacity at Enterprises Mont Belvieu facility to
approximately 655,000 bpd.
The partnerships eighth fractionator will accommodate
increasing NGL production from domestic shale plays,
including the Eagle Ford in South Texas, and other basins in
the Rocky Mountain and Mid-continent regions.
Rising NGL production from the shale plays continues to
provide a low-cost feedstock
advantage for the global
currently favors natural gas-derived feedstock
s over more expensive
crude oil-based derivatives.
Our eighth NGL fractionator is the second unit
Enterprise has placed into service at Mont Belvieu in the
last two months, both of which were completed ahead of
schedule and within budget, said Michael A. Creel, CEO
of Enterprises general partner.
In just three years, total NGL fractionation capacity
at the partnerships Mont Belvieu complex has increased,
from 400,000 bpd to 655,000 bpd, demonstrating our ability to
respond quickly, efficiently and safely to the demand for
midstream infrastructure that meets the countrys
evolving energy landscape," he added. "System wide,
Enterprise now has more than 1 million bpd of NGL
Fractionators seven and eight were constructed as part of a
joint venture with Western Gas Partners, an affiliate of
Anadarko Petroleum. Enterprise operates the two new units and
owns a 75% equity interest in the JV, with Western Gas
Partners owning the remaining 25% interest.