San Antonio-based Howard Energy Partners (HEP) has agreed to acquire a refinery services facility in Corpus Christi, TX, from a subsidiary of MPLX LP, management announced Tuesday.

HEP has executed an agreement to acquire the Javelina Facility, a treating and fractionation plant capable of extracting natural gas liquids, as well as olefins and hydrogen, from gas streams produced by nearby refineries.

HEP CEO Mike Howard said the Javelina facility is a “multi-generational asset linked to stable, demand-driven refinery activity” and supports the midstream operator’s “long-term growth strategy and diversification into new services and markets…We will continue to provide world class service to Javelina’s long-term customers.”

Management touted the Javelina facility’s “long history of reliably producing a wide range of product streams” that includes hydrogen, ethylene, ethane, propylene, propane, mixed butane and other products. The facility is also connected by pipeline to the major refineries in the Corpus Christi area, and excess capacity at the facility opens up the potential for future growth, management said.

HEP plans to close the Javelina acquisition in early 2021.

HEP owns and operates natural gas and crude oil gathering and transportation pipelines, natural gas processing plants, liquid storage terminals and other midstream assets located across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Mexico.In 2019, the company completed two bulk liquid terminal facility expansions along the Texas coast that increased its Gulf Coast terminal storage capacity by a combined 2.6 million bbl. HEP also in 2019 expanded its midstream operations in the Permian Basin and in Oklahoma’s STACK, aka the Sooner Trend of the Anadarko Basin, mostly in Canadian and Kingfisher counties.