The US Environment
al Protection Agency
(EPA) recently issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention
of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction
permit for the
Enterprise Products operating facility in Mont Belvieu,
The permit allows the company to build a propane
dehydrogenation (PDH) unit with catalytic reactors, heaters,
and gas turbines that maximize thermal efficiency.
We continue to work with Texas businesses to take
action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, said EPA
regional administrator Ron Curry. We are pleased to see
companies making a positive difference to reduce environment
al impacts on our
climate and create jobs.
will use catalytic
reactors to convert propane into propylene and hydrogen. The
is also expected to
produce over 1.6 billion lb/year of propylene.
In June 2010, EPA finalized national GHG regulations, which
specify that beginning on January 2, 2011, project
s that increase GHG emissions
require an air permit.
Texas is working to replace a federal implementation plan
with its own state program, which will eliminate the need for
businesses to seek air permits from EPA. This action is
designed to increase efficiency and allow for industry to
continue to grow in Texas, according to EPA officials.
EPA has finalized 35 GHG permits in Texas, proposed an
additional 9 permits, and currently has over 30 additional
GHG permit applications under development in the state.