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Service at Enterprise’s isobutane dehydrogenation plant begins

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Enterprise Products Partners LP has announced that its isobutane dehydrogenation (iBDH) plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, recently began service, with volumes expected to continue increasing during the next two weeks.

The facility, which is supported by long-term, fee-based contracts with investment grade customers, will ultimately have the capability to process approximately 25 000 bpd of butane into nearly 1 billion lb/y of isobutylene.

The iBDH plant will provide the necessary feedstock to enable Enterprise to fully utilise its methyl tert-butyl ether and high purity isobutylene assets and meet growing market demand for isobutylene. Supplies of isobutylene, which is also a byproduct of ethylene production plants, have decreased as a result of increased use of low-cost, light-end feedstocks, specifically ethane, instead of more expensive crude oil derivatives. The development of this project leverages Enterprise’s extensive integrated midstream network to turn plentiful, cost-advantaged NGLs into a higher-valued product.

A.J. Teague, Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise’s general partner said: “The completion of the new iBDH facility extends our butane value chain by allowing us to increase production of both high purity and low purity isobutylene to be used primarily as feedstock to manufacture lubricants, rubber products and fuel additives […] The Oleflex technology and project execution strategy is being utilised on our second propane dehydrogenation plant, which is currently under construction and is on schedule for completion in the first half of 2023.”

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