The day-in and day-out reports from operators ready to build new natural gas pipelines and natural gas liquids (NGL) midstream infrastructure generally have had one thing in common over the past couple of years: most are for the Marcellus Shale. And that’s not going to change anytime soon, according to industry executives.
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Enterprise Products Partners LP has started the first train at its new cryogenic gas processing plant at Yoakum, TX. This facility has a design capacity of 300 MMcf/d and can extract 37,000 b/d of natural gas liquids. During the start-up period, the plant will process existing Eagle Ford Shale production in a reduced recovery mode to enable testing of the plant and supporting facilities and make adjustments to plant operations. Incoming gas volumes and recovery percentages at the facility will continue to increase throughout May, with full production from the plant expected by June 1. Prior to the start-up of the Yoakum plant, Enterprise had been utilizing capacity at processing plants owned by third parties. Most of these volumes will now be diverted and processed at the Yoakum facility. “The long-term outlook in the Eagle Ford Shale continues to show growth in rich gas production and Enterprise is well-positioned to help meet the need for midstream infrastructure through the cost-effective expansion of our integrated network,” said Jim Teague, COO of Enterprise’s general partner.
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Preparing to operate within the new, stiffer federal emissions restrictions is the major focus of Edison International’s ongoing attempt to extract value from its largely coal-fired fleet of Midwest and Eastern merchant power plants, officials said Thursday.
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Natural gas futures plunged in active trading Tuesday as traders elected to extract a storm premium from the market once it was realized that tropical storm activity was not a threat to Gulf infrastructure.