MOSCOW (MRC) -- Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced a series of projects to convert and expand segments of its petrochemicals pipeline network designed to increase throughput capacity for polymer grade propylene (PGP) and enhance system flexibility and reliability, said the company in its press release.
North Dean pipeline conversion and expansion – The 149 mile pipeline will be converted from refinery grade propylene (RGP) service to PGP service. The conversion is scheduled for completion in January, 2017. Originating at Enterprise’s Mont Belvieu, Texas complex, the converted pipeline will serve petrochemical facilities as far south as Seadrift, Texas in Calhoun County. Construction of a 33 mile lateral pipeline, new metering stations and additional pumping capacity will accommodate the additional volumes and increase total PGP delivery capacity to more than 150,000 bpd.
Lou-Tex propylene pipeline conversion – The 263 mile, bi-directional pipeline, which currently transports chemical grade propylene (CGP) between Sorrento, Louisiana and Mont Belvieu, will be converted to PGP service. The conversion is scheduled for completion in 2020.
RGP pipeline and rail terminal expansion – Construction of a new 65 mile, 10-inch diameter pipeline, which will transport RGP between Sorrento and Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is scheduled for completion in early 2017. Rail receipt facilities at Mont Belvieu are also being expanded to give Enterprise the capability to unload up to 100 RGP rail cars per day.
Enterprise’s PGP infrastructure at Mont Belvieu currently consists of six propane/propylene fractionators. Following completion of the new PDH plant, which is scheduled for September of 2016, Enterprise will have the capability to produce 8 billion pounds of PGP at its Mont Belvieu complex. In addition, a portion of Enterprise’s salt dome storage capacity in Mont Belvieu is dedicated to PGP service.
As MRC informed earlier, last year Arkema, a France-based chemical manufacturer, has reached an agreement for the supply of propylene with Enterprise Products Partners L.P., a leading United States midstream Energy Company.