Enterprise increase propylene fractionation capacity at Mont Belvieu

Enterprise to increase propylene fractionation capacity at Mont Belvieu

12:32 PM, 17th June 2011
Enterprise to increase propylene fractionation capacity at Mont Belvieu

HOUSTON, US: Enterprise Products Partners L P plans to expand its polymer grade propylene (PGP) fractionation facility at the partnership’s Mont Belvieu, Texas complex, which will add approximately 7,500 barrels per day (BPD) or 500 million pound per year, of incremental PGP production. The expansion is expected to be in service in the first quarter of 2013. When completed, the expansion would increase Enterprise’s net capacity to produce PGP at its Mont Belvieu facility by more than 10 per cent from 73,000 BPD (approximately 4.9 billion pound per year) to roughly 80,500 BPD (approximately 5.4 billion pound per year).

Since 2000, demand for PGP has increased by 20 per cent; however, the supply of PGP has declined approximately 40 per cent. “The shift to natural gas liquids (NGL) feedstocks by the ethylene industry, which is driven by the disparity between natural gas and crude oil prices, has led to a significant reduction in co-production of propylene at North American petrochemical facilities. This is placing a premium on fractionation services like those Enterprise provides at its Mont Belvieu complex,” said A J Teague, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise’s General Partner.

“Planning for future growth, we oversized portions of the last propylene fractionator we built in 2007, which results in lower capital costs associated with this current expansion,” added Teague.

The expansion will enable Enterprise to provide PGP to growing international markets.

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