Enterprise Products plans to build a fully-refrigerated
ethane export facility on the Texas Gulf Coast, the company
announced on Tuesday.
Enterprise has executed long-term contracts to support the
development of the facility, which is designed to have an
aggregate loading rate of approximately 10,000 bbl/hour, or
up to 240,000 bpd.
The export facility is expected to begin operations in the
third quarter of 2016.
We are pleased to announce the successful development
of our fully-refrigerated ethane export facility, which will
be the largest in the world, said Michael A. Creel, CEO
of Enterprises general partner. We continue to
receive strong interest from the international community for
and are having ongoing
discussions with other potential customers that could result
in our contracting the remaining capacity of the
This facility is another example of Enterprise serving
incremental market demand for growing supplies of US energy,"
Creel added. "This is particularly important for ethane,
which is a byproduct of natural gas and crude oil production
and has limited uses. We estimate US ethane production
capacity currently exceeds US demand by 300,000 bpd and could
exceed demand by up to 700,000 bpd by 2020, after considering
the estimated incremental demand from new ethylene facilities
that have been
"By providing new markets access to ethane, we are assisting
US producers to increase their production, which assures the
US will have access to abundant supplies of domestically
produced natural gas and crude oil."
The ethane export facility will be integrated with
Enterprises Mont Belvieu complex, which includes over
650,000 bpd of natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation
capacity and 100 million bbl of NGL storage capacity. The
Mont Belvieu facility receives NGL supplies from the major
producing basins across the US.
The Mont Belvieu complex is also connected to growing
supplies of ethane from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions
through Enterprises recently-completed ATEX ethane
Enterprise says its integrated NGL system will offer supply
assurance and diversification for the export facility.