Drillers and dealers have been returning to the Haynesville and Eagle Ford shales, which have seen rising rig counts and an increase in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity of late. Enterprise Products Partners LP management has been watching.
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The United States has been producing and exporting more ethane by pipeline and, beginning earlier this year, by tanker from the East and Gulf coasts. Jim Teague, CEO of Enterprise Products Partners LP’s general partner, is bullish on continued export growth as ethane is a key building block for the plastics that make the “lifestyle products” the rest of the world wants.
Lower prices for crude oil aren’t doing any favors for Enterprise Products Partners LP’s proposed crude pipeline from North Dakota to the Cushing, OK, hub, executives admitted Thursday. But U.S. producers have staying power even at lower oil prices because the country “…is in the middle of a production revolution,” they said.
The confluence of events that wracked Midwest and Northeast propane markets during January really could not have been foreseen, and while the energy industry is doing what it can to fix the situation, it faces limitations, Enterprise Products Partners LP COO Jim Teague said Thursday during an earnings conference call.
Enterprise Products Partners LP has sold out capacity at its planned 1.65 billion pounds/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH), which is scheduled to begin operation during the third quarter of 2015. In anticipation of a continuing decrease in supplies of propylene, Enterprise is in talks with additional customers that could lead to the development of additional PDH capacity, the company said. Last June Enterprise said it would build a PDH facility on the Texas Gulf Coast that would consume up to 35,000 b/d of propane to produce 1.65 billion pounds/year (750,000 metric tons per year or 25,000 b/d) of polymer-grade propylene (PGP) (see Shale Daily, June 22, 2012). The facility is to be integrated with the partnership’s existing propylene fractionation facilities, which have capacity of 5.3 billion pounds/year. The PDH facility will also be integrated with Enterprise’s PGP storage facilities, 102-mile distribution pipeline system and export terminal. “This [PDH capacity] demand is being driven by the combination of a 38% decrease in propylene supplies since 2006 due to additional ethane consumption by U.S. petrochemical companies and the growing supplies of domestic propane from the U.S. shale plays,” said Jim Teague, COO of Enterprise’s general partner.