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Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP is adding 300 MMcf/d of incremental capacity to its cryogenic natural gas processing facility under construction near Orla, TX in the Permian Basin.
A third processing train would be added to the facility in Reeves County, increasing the plant’s overall volume capacity to 900 MMcf/d. The third train within the Permian’s Delaware sub-basin would allow Enterprise to expand its natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction capabilities by an incremental 40,000 b/d to 120,000 b/d. Enterprise launched plans for a second natural gas processing train last year.
“The ongoing expansion of our Orla facility is being driven by the continued growth of NGL-rich natural gas production in the Delaware Basin and is supported by long-term commitments with producers,” said Enterprise general partner CEO Jim Teague.
“Over the next five years, supplies of natural gas and NGLs in the Permian Basin could nearly double, and Orla is ideally situated to capitalize on growth opportunities in the region. With connections to our integrated natural gas and NGL infrastructure network, Orla is a key component in providing our customers access to the growing petrochemical industry along the Gulf Coast, as well as the export demand for U.S. production.”
The third processing train at Orla is scheduled to begin service by mid-2019. The first train now is set to begin service in 2Q2018, while the second train should start up in the third quarter.
Mixed NGLs from Orla are to be delivered into Enterprise’s integrated pipeline system, including the Shin Oak Pipeline, which is under construction and scheduled to begin operations by mid-2019.
Residual natural gas from Orla would be transported to the Waha gas hub in West Texas through a 68-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline that would begin service when the first Orla train starts up. The pipeline is being connected to the Enterprise Texas Intrastate pipeline system at Waha.
Once the Orla expansion projects are completed, Enterprise expects to have total gas processing capacity of more than 1.2 Bcf/d, with the capability to extract more than 200,000 b/d of NGLs in the Permian alone.
Enterprise has assets that include nearly 50,000 miles of pipelines; 260 million bbl of storage capacity for NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals, and 14 Bcf of gas storage capacity.