Amoco Oil, Enterprise Products, Exxon Chemical and WilliamsField Services announced plans to form a joint venture to build andoperate a 60,000 b/d natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionationfacility near Baton Rouge, LA. Construction has begun, and start-upis expected next March. The joint venture is to be called BatonRouge Fractionators LLC. Enterprise will operate the plant andmanage fractionation services. Amoco will process its PascagoulaGas Plant volumes at the facility. Exxon will process a portion ofits Louisiana area NGLs there, and Williams will contract toprocess its Mobile Bay Gas Plant volumes at the facility.

“This project ties into Williams’ overall Mobile Bay investmentstrategy of ‘wellhead to cracker’ services for the producingcommunity and enhances the services associated with our pendingMapco merger,” said Steve Malcolm, Williams Field Services seniorvice president.

Amoco, Enterprise, and a unit of Williams also are participantsin a recently announced Mobile Bay-to-Louisiana NGL Line. Othersinvolved in that project are Koch Pipeline Southeast, a group ledby Duke Energy Field Services, and Tejas Natural Gas Liquids. Thecommon-carrier raw mix NGL line will have an initial capacity of80,000 barrels/d, with a final capacity of 150,000 barrels/d. Itwill originate from gas plants in the Mobile Bay area, including a600 MMcf/d plant owned by Mobile Bay Processing Partners nearMobile, AL; a 600 MMcf/d Williams plant near Mobile; and a 1 Bcf/dplant owned by Shell and Amoco near Pascagoula, MS. Williams’ fieldservices unit will operate the line, which is expected to be inservice by August.

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