Grand Prix NGL Pipeline started up from Permian to Houston

The $1.4 billion Grand Prix natural gas liquids pipeline project that stretches from Permian Basin to the Houston area has been started up, Targa Resources said on Thursday. The pipeline can currently move 300,000 barrels per day, which can be expanded to 500,000 barrels daily.

"Our Grand Prix NGL pipeline recently commenced deliveries into Mont Belvieu, realizing the long-run strategic goal of integrating our leading gathering and processing position with our premier NGL logistics, fractionation and export platform," said Targa Chief Executive Joe Bob Perkins.

The pipeline system is also getting expanded to stretch into Oklahoma and that effort is under construction. The company also plans to expand the western portion of the Grand Prix pipeline into New Mexico.

Natural gas liquids products like propane, butane and ethane will flow through the pipeline from Permian Basin and will be separated into their individual components at processing facilities, called fractionators, in Mont Belvieu.


Tulsa's ONEOK to Expand Arbuckle II NGL Pipeline in $1 Billion NatGas Investment

Tulsa-based ONEOK said it will invest more than $1 billion on a new natural gas processing plant in Mont Belvieu and a major pipeline running from Oklahoma to the Houston region.

ONEOK said $250 million of their investment will be used on expanding the Arbuckle II NGL pipeline to the Mont Belvieu storage and processing hub. The remaining $750 million will be spent on a new fractionator that separates the components of NGLs into ethane, butane, propane, and more.

The approximately 530-mile pipeline is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, and will see an increase to 500,000 barrels per day from the initially proposed 400,000 barrels per day.

Earlier in September, ONEOK announced a $300 million investment to connect its West Texas NGL pipeline system to the Arbuckle system.

"Continued production growth across the basins ONEOK serves requires additional NGL fractionation and natural gas processing capacity," said ONEOK Chief Executive Terry Spencer. "Producers are looking for increased connectivity with the Mont Belvieu market center, and ONEOK is competitively positioned to provide it."

Houston Chronicle

Enterprise Products Partners to Expand NGL Facilities in Midst of Permian Boom

Enterprise Products Partners announced it is further expanding its natural gas liquids facilities in the Houston area and West Texas to take advantage of the boom that forecasts the potential doubling of natural gas and NGL supply in the Permian within the next five years.

Enterprise will expand its butane refining capabilities at its Mont Belvieu complex and continue constructing its new NGL processing plant in Orla.

Enterprise plans to add 300 million cubic feet per day of capacity at its cryogenic natural gas processing facility near Orla as well as add 30,000 barrels per day of processing capacity to its butane isomerization facilities in Mont Belvieu.

Enterprise is also in the middle of constructing its 571-mile Shin Oak pipeline to transport more NGLs from West Texas to Mont Belvieu.

Houston Chronicle

Evacuations Ordered for Mont Belvieu in Response to a Pipeline Leak

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Parts of Mont Belvieu, Texas were ordered to evacuate as a precautionary measure after reports of a leak from a pipeline storage facility and a fire from another chemical plant. No injuries were reported, and there were no concerning impacts on the surrounding environment, according to officials.

Along with a small evacuation order, parts of Texas Highway 146 were temporarily shut down and rerouted because of its close proximity to the leak and fire.

The affected pipeline is located in a Mont Belvieu storage facility owned and operated by LyondellBasell’s pipeline group in the Texas Gulf Coast region. LyondellBasell said in a statement that monitors indicated a pressure build-up in a wellhead at their pipeline storage facility, which stores light hydrocarbons. Company officials worked late into Sunday to lower the pressure of the pipeline.

The cause of the fire that erupted at the nearby Lone Star facility is unknown at the time. LyondellBasell reported that the fire did not occur on their property, and they understand investigators are working to find the cause of the fire, which may be unrelated to the pipe leak.

A Lone Star spokesperson stated that updates would be provided as information becomes available.

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