Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) on Thursday announced a planned expansion of the Rocky Mountain segment of the partnerships Mid-America Pipeline (MAPL) system, which is expected to add up to 85,000 barrels per day (BPD) of incremental transportation capacity for natural gas liquids (NGL).
Supported by shipper commitments obtained during a fourweek open season that ended April 29, 2011, the project will include looping the existing pipeline system with up to 290 miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline, as well as pump station modifications. The additional capacity is designed to accommodate growing natural gas and NGL production from major basins in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Several new natural gas processing plants are being constructed in the Uinta, Piceance, and Greater Green River basins that should fill the expansion by 2014.
We have received strong demand for this expansion of the Mid-America system, said A.J. Jim Teague, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Enterprises general partner. Shippers executed 10-year, firm, ship-or-pay transportation agreements representing a total initial commitment of 38,500 BPD with options which could ultimately increase the total expansion to 85,000 BPD. We believe this expansion will enable producers to maximize the value of their Rocky Mountain NGL production by providing them access through our integrated system to the largest domestic NGL market, located on the Texas Gulf Coast. The transportation agreements and our construction plans provide us the flexibility to increase capacity efficiently and cost-effectively while giving producers additional time to finalize their drilling and natural gas processing programs.
Subject to the approval of certain regulatory agencies, the project is expected to begin service in the third quarter of 2014.
The Rocky Mountain portion of the MAPL system extends more than 3,000 miles and transports NGLs from the Overthrust and San Juan basin areas to Enterprises Hobbs fractionator in Gaines County, Texas. An interconnect to the partnerships approximately 1,300-mile Seminole Pipeline at Hobbs, allows shippers to reach the partnerships NGL fractionation facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Enterprise is in the process of increasing its fractionation capabilities by 75,000 BPD, bringing total capacity at the complex to 375,000 BPD following its expected completion in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is the largest publicly traded partnership and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals. EPDs assets include approximately: 50,200 miles of onshore and offshore pipelines; 192 million barrels of storage capacity for NGLs, refined products and crude oil; and 27 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity. Services include: natural gas transportation, gathering, processing and storage; NGL fractionation, transportation, storage, and import and export terminaling; crude oil and refined products storage, transportation and terminaling; offshore production platform; petrochemical transportation and storage; and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems and in the Gulf of Mexico.
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