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Enterprise completes initial segment of Aegis pipeline

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Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has announced that construction of the first segment of the Aegis pipeline between Mont Belvieu and Beaumont, Texas, has been completed and is ready to make ethane deliveries to petrochemical customers. This 60-mile segment of 20-inch diameter pipeline is part of the 270-mile Aegis ethane pipeline that when complete will create a 500-mile header system that stretches from Corpus Christi, Texas, to the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Including Enterprise’s existing South Texas infrastructure, this system is now in service from Corpus Christi to Beaumont.

The remainder of the Aegis pipeline will be completed in two phases. The next segment between Beaumont and Lake Charles, Louisiana, is scheduled to be completed in Q3 2015. The final segment from Lake Charles to the Mississippi River is expected to be competed by the end of 2015. Aegis will have a capacity expandable to 425 000 bpd.

“The completion of this segment and delivery connection of the Aegis system represents a major milestone in the development of the project,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise’s general partner. “Combined with our Mont Belvieu complex, which is the terminus for more than 3 million bpd of NGL supply pipeline capacity, is connected to over 2 million bpd of industry NGL fractionation capacity and more than 110 million bbls of EPD-owned salt dome storage capacity, the Aegis system provides unsurpassed flow assurance and market choices for producers and enhanced reliability and supply choices for our consuming customers.”

Teague added, “The Aegis header system will be a major ethane supply artery available to over 20 petrochemical plants that will be in operation along the US Gulf Coast by 2020. These plants are expected to represent over 90% of domestic ethylene production capacity by 2020.

The Aegis Pipeline is supported by long-term commitments with shippers who have executed agreements in excess of 200 000 bpd. Enterprise continues to receive strong interest for additional capacity.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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