HOUSTON—Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) Feb. 28 announced that its Shin Oak NGL mainline is now in service from Orla, Texas in Reeves County to its NGL fractionation and storage complex at the Mont Belvieu hub.
The 24-inch diameter pipeline has an initial capacity of approximately 250,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) and provides takeaway capacity for growing NGL production from multiple basins, including the Permian, where NGL volumes are projected to nearly double within the next three years.
Completion of the related 20-inch diameter Waha lateral is scheduled for second-quarter 2019. Supported by long-term customer commitments, the Shin Oak project will ultimately provide up to 550,000 bbl/d of capacity, which is expected to be available in fourth-quarter 2019.
“The Shin Oak Pipeline represents another important addition to our expanding network of integrated midstream assets in the Permian Basin,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner. “Shin Oak provides not only a much needed takeaway option for NGLs, but facilitates growing production of other hydrocarbons in one of the most prolific producing areas in the world, and gives producers access to the most attractive domestic and global markets.”
Once the pipeline infrastructure is fully complete, NGL for Shin Oak will be sourced primarily from Enterprise’s Orla natural gas processing complex, which began operations in 2018, as well as dedicated acreage from the Alpine High development.
A third train at Orla is on schedule to begin service in second-quarter 2019, followed by Enterprise’s Mentone natural gas processing plant, expected to commence service in first-quarter 2020. These facilities will give Enterprise more than 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas processing capacity and over 250,000 bbl/d of NGL production capabilities in the Permian Basin.
Complementing Enterprise’s Permian Basin assets is the addition of NGL fractionation capacity at its Gulf Coast facilities. The projects are expected to increase the partnership’s system wide fractionation capacity to approximately 1.5 million bbl/d by second-quarter 2020.
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