Dynegy opened a new $57 million gas liquids fractionationfacility near Lake Charles, LA, that can separate up to 55,000barrels/d of gas liquids into ethane, propane and a butane andnatural gasoline mix. The facility is fed primarily from offshoreproduction in the Gulf of Mexico via pipeline and truck throughDynegy’s Hackberry terminal. Its products are primarily shippedthrough pipeline to customers in the petrochemical/refiningindustry in Lake Charles.

Plans to build the fractionation plant were originally announcedin September 1997 by Warren Petroleum, a subsidiary of NGC Corp.(now Dynegy). The new facility gives Dynegy three fractionationfacilities in the Gulf Coast region with a combined capacity of295,000 barrels/d.

“It’s another important step in the development of our GulfCoast infrastructure, which includes extensive gathering,processing, distribution and fractionation facilities from Venice,LA, to Mont Belvieu, TX,” said Stephen A. Furbacher, president andchief operating officer of Dynegy Mid-Stream Services, thecompany’s natural gas liquids business unit.

The facility connects to Dynegy’s 300-mile gas liquids gatheringsystem that extends from Johnson Bayou in Cameron Parish to nearJennings in Jefferson Davis Parish and to 11 underground storagewells the company owns at Hackberry, LA. Dynegy’s facilities inMont Belvieu, TX, are connected via a 12-inch diameter liquidspipeline. The company owns and operates a 205,000 barrel/dfractionation facility at Mont Belvieu.

The company’s Venice Complex, about 75 miles southeast of NewOrleans, includes a 35,000 barrel/d gas liquids fractionationfacility; a gas processing plant; an underground gas liquidsstorage facility; a multi-barge gas liquids terminal; and theVenice Gathering System, an extensive offshore gas gatheringsystem. Dynegy is commercial operator and partial owner of theentire complex. Dynegy also owns the Lowry gas processing plantnear Lake Arthur, LA, the Barracuda and Stingray gas processingplants near Johnson Bayou and the Seahawk and Pelican offshore gasgathering systems, which serve the Lowry and Barracuda facilities.The company owns additional gas processing plants in Bossier andSt. Bernard parishes and interests in seven gas processing plantsin southwest Louisiana.

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