Just weeks after Enterprise Products Partners LP said that it is considering building a crude oil terminal offshore Texas, management on Wednesday said they’re also mulling another propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility and adding more natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation capacity to the company’s extensive midstream portfolio along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
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Enterprise Products Partners LP has loaded its first two vessels with polymer-grade propylene (PGP) for export at the Enterprise Hydrocarbons Terminal (EHT) along the Houston Ship Channel, adding a new service at the facility. The company is expecting an increase in the number of PGP export cargoes in response to growing international demand. It has the capability to load 5,000 metric tons per day of refrigerated PGP at the EHT dock facilities, which are supplied by propylene fractionators and storage wells at Enterprise’s Mont Belvieu, TX, complex. “Our EHT facility provides us with the enhanced efficiency and additional capacity we need to meet the increased demand from our customers looking to export PGP, which is price advantaged due to the shale revolution,” said Jim Teague, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner. “With the addition of our 1.65 billion pound PDH [propane dehydrogenation] plant, which is scheduled to begin service in the second quarter of 2017 [see Daily GPI,Jan. 28], Enterprise will have the capability to produce 7.5 billion pounds of propylene per year, sufficient to meet the needs of our domestic and international customers.”
Almost two years removed from a severe shortage of propane, the United States is currently sitting on a record inventory, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which said nearly all of the stockpiled increase for the past year came from six Gulf Coast states.
Four days after the rampaging Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Louisiana Coast the natural gas industry was just beginning to get some idea of the extent of the damage to onshore facilities, some of which were still under water, and offshore rigs, platforms and pipelines, some damaged and some missing in action. The only sure thing was that Katrina would go down in the record books as “catastrophic,” and just about the most devastating storm in 100 years or more. The word heard over and over was “unbelievable,” which was an understatement.