Enterprise plans further Houston expansion

Jul 12 2019

Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) has announced three additional expansion projects on the Houston Ship Channel.

This will increase its capacity to load LPG, polymer grade propylene (PGP) and crude oil from its Enterprise Hydrocarbon Terminal (EHT).

Earlier, the US company had unveiled plans to add 175,000 barrels per day of LPG loading capacity, which is currently under construction and expected to be completed late third quarter of this year.

The additional projects are expected to increase incremental LPG loading capacity by another 260,000 barrels per day. They are planned to be operational by the third quarter of 2020.

When completed, the projects will give EHT nameplate capacity to load up to almost 1.1 mill barrels per day of LPG, or around 33 mill barrels per month.

In response to record demand for PGP, the partnership is adding refrigeration facilities at its Houston Ship Channel terminal that will enable it to load up to an incremental 67,200 barrels per day, or about 2 mill barrels per month, of fully refrigerated PGP.

With this expansion project, Enterprise will be able to load fully refrigerated PGP and LPG onto the same vessel. This project is expected to be available in 4Q20.

As part of the expansion, Enterprise is also building an eighth dock at its Houston terminal with the capability to load around 840,000 barrels per day of crude oil, increasing the partnership’s nameplate crude export capacity to 2.75 mill barrels per day. 

Expected to be operational in 4Q20, the new dock will be able to accommodate Suezmaxes, the largest ship type that can navigate the Houston Ship Channel.

Enterprise estimated that by 2025, US crude exports will increase from 3 mill barrels to 8 mill barrels per day and the domestic LPG export market will double from 1.4 mill barrels to 2.8 barrels per day.

Much of this growth is being driven by increasing production from the Texan Permian Basin, the company said.


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