ETP unit plans fourth fractionator at Mont Belvieu

Lone Star NGL LLC, a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP, will build a fourth NGL fractionation plant at Mont Belvieu, Tex., east of Houston, parent ETP has reported.

Estimated to cost about $450 million, the plant is to be operating by December 2016. ETP said the 120,000-b/d fractionator is “fully subscribed by multiple long-term contracts” and will be filled with flows through the new 533-mile, 24-in. and 30-in. Lone Star Express Pipeline.

That pipeline, currently under construction, will move up to 475,000 b/d, expandable to 705,000 b/d, of NGLs from the Permian’s Delaware and Midland basins to Mont Belvieu. Phases I and II of the pipeline, said the announcement, are on schedule for completion in second-quarter 2016 and fourth-quarter 2016, respectively.

In addition, Lone Star’s third Mont Belvieu fractionator, currently under construction, remains on schedule for completion in January 2016 (OGJ Online, Nov. 6, 2014; Nov. 4, 2013).

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