Dynegy Grows Louisiana Assets with New NGL Plant
Dynegy opened a new $57 million gas liquids fractionation
facility near Lake Charles, LA, that can separate up to 55,000
barrels/d of gas liquids into ethane, propane and a butane and
natural gasoline mix. The facility is fed primarily from offshore
production in the Gulf of Mexico via pipeline and truck through
Dynegy's Hackberry terminal. Its products are primarily shipped
through pipeline to customers in the petrochemical/refining
industry in Lake Charles.
Plans to build the fractionation plant were originally announced
in September 1997 by Warren Petroleum, a subsidiary of NGC Corp.
(now Dynegy). The new facility gives Dynegy three fractionation
facilities in the Gulf Coast region with a combined capacity of
"It's another important step in the development of our Gulf
Coast infrastructure, which includes extensive gathering,
processing, distribution and fractionation facilities from Venice,
LA, to Mont Belvieu, TX," said Stephen A. Furbacher, president and
chief operating officer of Dynegy Mid-Stream Services, the
company's natural gas liquids business unit.
The facility connects to Dynegy's 300-mile gas liquids gathering
system that extends from Johnson Bayou in Cameron Parish to near
Jennings in Jefferson Davis Parish and to 11 underground storage
wells the company owns at Hackberry, LA. Dynegy's facilities in
Mont Belvieu, TX, are connected via a 12-inch diameter liquids
pipeline. The company owns and operates a 205,000 b/d fractionation
plant at Mont Belvieu.
The company's Venice Complex, about 75 miles southeast of New
Orleans, includes a 35,000 barrel/d gas liquids fractionation
facility; a gas processing plant; an underground gas liquids
storage facility; a multi-barge gas liquids terminal; and the
Venice Gathering System, an extensive offshore gas gathering
system. Dynegy is commercial operator and partial owner of the
entire complex. Dynegy also owns the Lowry gas processing plant
near Lake Arthur, LA, the Barracuda and Stingray gas processing
plants near Johnson Bayou and the Seahawk and Pelican offshore gas
gathering systems, which serve the Lowry and Barracuda facilities.
The company owns additional gas processing plants in Bossier and
St. Bernard parishes and interests in seven gas processing plants
in southwest Louisiana.
Joe Fisher, Houston
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