$170 Million Expansion Projects Announced by Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan is planning to invest $170 million in several expansion projects along the Houston Ship Channel.

"The announced improvements only serve to enhance our position as the market-leading refined petroleum products storage hub on the U.S. Gulf Coast," Kinder Morgan President of Terminals John Schlosser said.

The expansion projects includes $125 million investment to boost pipeline connections and speed up loading at its Pasadena Terminal and the nearby Jefferson Street Truck Rack. A butane-on-demand blending system for 25 storage tanks at its Galena Park Terminal will be build using another $45 million.

Schlosser added, "This offers our customers unmatched supply optionality and liquidity and modal efficiencies as they aim to maximize storage and blending economics and access domestic and global energy markets in the most cost effective manner possible."

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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.

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Two Expansion Projects in Texas Will Boost Exports to Mexico

Completion of a pair of expansion projects in Port Arthur and Corpus Christi by Howard Energy Partners will allow the company to do more exports of crude oil, gasoline diesel and other products to Mexico.

"Substantial expansions at our Port Arthur and Corpus Christi facilities signify HEP's commitment to designing and constructing fully-engineered facilities that are tailored to meet the exact needs of our customers," Howard Energy Partners Co-Founder and President Brad Bynum said in a statement.

The company will get 2.6 million barrels of storage in the region after the completion of the expansion projects, which recently added 12 new storage tanks, four butane bullets, two barge docks, one ship dock and a bidirectional pipeline to its 450-acre Port Arthur terminal.

The expansion projects are expected to boost the company's exports by rail and seafaring tankers, as Mexico has emerged to be one of Howard's top customers.

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Williams Seeks Approval for 187-Mile Kansas to Oklahoma Pipeline

The Wichita Eagle reported that the Williams Companies Inc. met with Sedgwick County officials Wednesday about the 187-mile Bluestem pipeline that would carry volatile gas liquids and run from McPherson County, Kansas, to Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.

The line would carry 225,000 barrels a day of pressurized gas liquids such as propane and butane, which are byproducts of natural gas production. The volatile liquids would be separated from natural gas at the company's plant in Conway.

The proposed pipeline would connect the Kansas plant to the Targa Grand Prix pipeline in Oklahoma, so that the liquids could move to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

The pipeline will across mostly farmland in Sedgwick County, according to pipeline officials. Sedgwick County officials would need to issue permits for the Bluestem pipeline to cross county roads. The company hopes to obtain permits along the pipeline route by January and to complete construction in November 2020.

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Service Started on 658-Mile Shin Oak NGL Pipeline From Permian Basin to Mont Belvieu

The Shin Oak NGL Pipeline project to move natural gas liquids from the West Texas town of Orla to a processing and storage facility in Mont Belvieu, has its service started, announced on Thursday by Houston pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners.

Shin Oak is designed and built as a 24-inch diameter 658-mile pipeline and is starting its service with an initial capacity to move 250,000 barrels of ethane, propane, butane and other natural gas liquids per day.

"The Shin Oak Pipeline represents another important addition to our expanding network of integrated midstream assets in the Permian Basin," Enterprise Products Partners CEO A.J. "Jim" Teague said in a statement.

The company is building a third natural gas processing plant in Orla that is expected to be completed by June. Another natural gas processing plant in the Loving County of Mentone is expected to begin service by March 2020. Combined, the Orla and Mentone facilities will give Enterprise more than 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas processing capacity and more than 250,000 barrels of natural gas liquids production per day in the Permian Basin.

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Estimated 20,000 Pounds of Butane Emissions Released Friday after Fire at Enterprise Storage Site

A major fire that broke out Friday night at an industrial plant owned by Enterprise Products Partners in Mont Belvieu has been put out, according to authorities.

The fire was reported Friday evening by a person working at the ExxoMobil building in Baytown, Texas, about seven miles from the location of the fire.

As a result of the fire, an estimated 20,000 pounds of butane emissions were released from the underground storage site.

It is unclear what caused the fire, but no injuries were reported as a result, according to Enterprise.

The fire lasted for more than three hours on Friday night and also caused smaller emissions releases of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, according to a filing by Enterprise.

The company also noted that no operations were impacted by the fire.

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Fuel Fix