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Enterprise to increase capacity at Texas facility

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Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has announced that it intends to add 300 million ft3/d of incremental capacity at its cryogenic natural gas processing facility under construction near Orla, Texas, US. The addition of a third processing train at Orla will increase inlet volume capacity to 900 ft3/d and allow Enterprise to expand its natural gas liquid (NGL) extraction capabilities by an incremental 40 000 bpd to 120 000 bpd.

The company is also expecting a third processing train to begin service in the second quarter of 2019, complementing trains one and two – these are scheduled for completion in 2Q18 and 3Q18 respectively.

“The ongoing expansion of our Orla facility is being driven by the continued growth of NGL-rich natural gas production in the Delaware Basin and is supported by long-term commitments with producers,” said A.J. ‘Jim’ Teague, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner. “Over the next five years, supplies of natural gas and NGLs in the Permian Basin could nearly double, and Orla is ideally situated to capitalise on growth opportunities in the region. With connections to our integrated natural gas and NGL infrastructure network, Orla is a key component in providing our customers access to the growing petrochemical industry along the Gulf Coast, as well as the export demand for US production.”

Mixed NGLs from Orla will be delivered into Enterprise’s fully integrated pipeline system, including the new Shin Oak pipeline; the pipeline is currently under construction and anticipated to begin operating in 2Q19. Residual natural gas from Orla will be transported to the Waha area through a 68 mile, 36 in. dia. pipeline scheduled to begin service commensurate with the first Orla train, and will connect to the company’s Texas Intrastate pipeline system, located at the Waha hub. Once the Orla expansion projects are complete, Enterprise will have a total natural gas processing capacity of more than 1.2 billion ft3/d and the ability to extract more than 200 000 bpd of NGLs in the Permian Basin.

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