Enterprise Products Partners LP is moving ahead with an expansion of its Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX) ethane pipeline. The 1,200-mile pipeline transports ethane from the Marcellus/Utica Basin in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the company’s natural gas liquids storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
“The success of the open season reflects the demand for additional, reliable ethane takeaway capacity from the Appalachian region of the country,” said Michael C. “Tug” Hanley, senior vice president, Pipelines and Terminals for Enterprise’s general partner.
“Our customers value flow assurance and reliability. The expansion of ATEX will facilitate growing production from the Marcellus/Utica Basin and will provide access to attractive markets on the Gulf Coast through Enterprise’s integrated midstream network.”
Currently ATEX capacity is about 145,000 barrels per day. The company is reviewing expansion alternatives (improvements and modifications to existing infrastructure) that would increase capacity by 45,000 bpd. The incremental capacity is expected to be available by 2022.
Separately, earlier this month the company reported that it will also expand its Midland to ECHO crude oil pipeline system. The project will link its 6 million-barrel Midland, Texas, storage facility to its ECHO Terminal in Houston through its Eagle Ford system in South Texas.
Enterprise Products Partners’ assets currently include approximately 50,000 miles of pipelines; 260 million barrels of storage capacity for NGLs, crude oil, petrochemicals and refined products; and 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity.
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