Crosstex Energy LPhas completed phase one of the Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids (NGL) expansion project, which connects the partnership’s Eunice fractionator in South Louisiana to Mont Belvieu, TX, supply pipelines in East Texas. Commercial deliveries of NGL product to the Eunice, Riverside and Plaquemine fractionators began in early October. The Eunice fractionator began operations on Nov. 6 at a rate of 15,000 b/d of NGLs. The pipeline is currently delivering 25,000-30,000 b/d of product into various Louisiana delivery points and is expected to be moving its full volume of 70,000 b/d by the end of 2013. The second phase of the expansion is scheduled for completion in the second-half of 2014 and includes expanding the Cajun-Sibon pipeline capacity by an additional 50,000 b/d to a total of 120,000 b/d; the installation of a 100,000 b/d fractionator adjacent to the partnership’s existing Plaquemine gas processing complex; the modification of the Riverside fractionator facility; and the construction of several natural gas and NGL pipelines to expand the partnership’s capabilities and market connectivity.
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Dow Confirms Gulf Coast Petrochemical Expansions
The Dow Chemical Co. on Tuesday confirmed that it is moving forward to expand two big petrochemical facilities along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana that would be integrated by “advantaged shale gas.”
American Electric Power has signed a deal with Dow Chemical toconstruct a new gas-fired cogeneration plant to be located on thesite of Dow’s Plaquemine, LA, chemical complex. The 900 MW plantwill provide both electricity and steam to power the complex thatpreviously supplied its own power. “The power plant will enable Dowto be more energy efficient in producing over 50 different productsat our 23 units and allow us to grow to meet the needs of ourcustomers,” explained Chris Mudd, Dow’s Energy Commercial Managerfor Louisiana. The project is expected to begin construction in2001, with a fully operational date set for 2002. AEP will buildthe facility, but Dow will take over the day-to-day operations ofthe plant. A majority of the power will be used by the Dow complexwith the remaining energy being sold to area customers underlong-term contracts by AEP.