The project marks yet another investment by Enterprise at the Houston-area facility, where it plans to start operations of a new propane dehydrogenation unit during the second quarter of this year.
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. will construct a new isobutene dehydrogenation (iBDH) unit in Mont Belvieu, Texas, the company announced Monday in a press statement. The project marks yet another investment by Enterprise at the Houston-area facility, where it plans to start operations of a new propane dehydrogenation unit during the second quarter of this year.
"The construction of this new iBDH plant will extend our butane value chain and allow full utilization of our existing olefins assets," A.J. "Jim" Teague, CEO of Enterprise's general partner, said of the plant, which will be capable of producing 425,000 tons per year of isobutylene. "In developing this project, we are leveraging Enterprise's extensive integrated midstream network to turn a plentiful, cost-advantaged natural gas liquid into a higher-valued product."
According to Enterprise, long-term contracts with investment-grade customers are supporting the project. Isobutylene from the plant – slated for a Fourth Quarter 2019 completion – will provide feedstock to fill underutilized capacity at Enterprise's existing octane enhancement and petrochemical facilities, the company added.
Enterprise stated that isobutylene from the the new iBDH plant will serve as a feedstock for lubricants, rubber products and alkylate for gasoline blendstock as well as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) for export.
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