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Sunoco Logistics Partners LP's (SXL) Sunoco Pipeline LP is holding a binding open season for the Permian Express 2 pipeline to provide additional crude oil takeaway capacity for the Permian Basin. The pipeline would originate at multiple locations in West Texas: Midland, Garden City and Colorado City and have access to several SXL and third-party pipelines to provide producers the ability to reach markets and refineries on the Gulf Coast and in the Midcontinent. "Crude oil production in this basin is projected to increase annually by approximately 200,000 b/d, according to latest industry and consultant estimates," said SXL CEO Michael Hennigan. "With the ability to reach multiple destinations, including our Nederland terminal, Permian Express 2 is a very attractive, flexible option for shippers." Information is at www.sunocologistics.com/permianexpress2.

 Enterprise Products Partners LP has put into operation the seventh natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator at its Mont Belvieu, TX, complex with the capability to fractionate up to 85,000 b/d. It increases total fractionation capacity at the facility to 570,000 b/d. The fractionator would allow increasing NGL production from domestic unconventional plays, including the Eagle Ford in South Texas, and the Rocky Mountain and Midcontinent regions. "Our eighth fractionator is also running ahead of schedule and should be in service by mid-fourth quarter 2013," said CEO Michael Creel. "Fractionators seven and eight will increase total capacity at the partnership's Mont Belvieu complex to 655,000 b/d, compared to 400,000 b/d just three years ago. Systemwide, Enterprise's fractionation capacity will expand to more than 1 million b/d with the addition of the two new NGL fractionators."

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