Enterprise Products Partners LP has begun operations of the final segment of the Aegis ethane pipeline, the 162-mile stretch that runs from Lake Charles to Napoleonville in Louisiana. Additionally, a Houston Ship Channel ethane export facility is nearing completion.
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Demand for natural gas liquids transport/export capacity continues to grow, according to Enterprise Products Partners LP, which saw its third quarter results aided by increased ethane transport volumes.
The segment of the Aegis ethane pipeline from Beaumont, TX, to Lake Charles, LA, has been completed and is ready for service, owner Enterprise Products Partners LP said Wednesday.
Enterprise Products Partners LPis expanding the size of its planned Aegis Pipeline to 20 inches in diameter to allow delivery of up to 425,000 b/d of ethane to the Gulf Coast petrochemical sector. The 270-mile Aegis pipeline will originate at Enterprise’s Mont Belvieu, TX, liquids storage complex and, through connections to other Enterprise-owned pipelines, will deliver purity ethane to ethylene production facilities between Beaumont, TX, and Napoleonville, LA. Aegis is to begin service in phases, with initial deliveries expected to begin during the second quarter of 2014. “As an extension of our midstream network that features access to 100 million bbl of storage capacity at our Mont Belvieu complex, the Aegis pipeline system offers a complete and integrated solution for meeting the needs of both producers and consumers of growing domestic supplies of ethane,” said Jim Teague, COO of Enterprise’s general partner. “Together, Aegis and our South Texas ethane pipeline enable Enterprise to provide ethylene facilities from Corpus Christi [TX] to the Mississippi River with reliable supplies of ethane through a header system anchored by our Mont Belvieu complex.” Enterprise is holding a supplemental open season through Nov. 14 for the capacity. For information, contact Russ Kovin, (713) 381-7925 email@example.com.
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