Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) will construct a new
natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator and is expanding its
existing condensate stabilization facility in the Eagle Ford
area of South Texas, the company announced this week.
The new fractionator is supported by long-term third-party
commitments and will have a capacity of up to 15,000 bpd of
NGL Y-Grade and off-spec Y-Grade product.
The new fractionator, condensate stabilization expansion
infrastructure enhancements are expected to require a total
investment of approximately $120 million and are expected to
be in service in the second quarter of 2015.
The fractionator will be located near existing PAA assets in
Gardendale (La Salle County), including its condensate
stabilization facility and rail and truck loading/unloading
. The facility is
designed to fractionate NGL Y-Grade and to treat and
fractionate off-spec Y-Grade sourced from PAA's South Texas
Gathering System and throughout the Eagle Ford producing
Purity products expected to be produced include international
refrigerant specification grade LE propane, EPA
non-commercial grade butane and international specification
natural gasoline. These products can be transported from
PAA's adjacent rail and truck loading facilities
, providing access to
premium markets for each purity product.
PAA's existing Gardendale truck and rail infrastructure are
being enhanced to facilitate loading, unloading and
transporting Y-Grade and purity products, and PAA will build
approximately 80,000 bbl of pressurized storage to
accommodate Y-Grade and purity products.
PAA is also adding a third condensate stabilization train
that will provide approximately 40,000 bpd of incremental
capacity to the existing condensate stabilization facility,
bringing the total capacity to approximately 120,000 bpd.