Enterprise to double Orla gas plant capacities

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), Houston, has approved a project to expand originally planned capacities of its 300-MMcfd Orla I cryogenic natural gas processing plant currently under construction near Orla, Tex., in Reeves County (OGJ Online, June 20, 2016).

Already supported by long-term commitments, the Orla II expansion project will add a second 300-MMcfd processing train as well as another 40,000 b/d of NGL extraction capability at the site to further accommodate rising NGL-rich gas production in the Delaware basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, EPP said.

Alongside doubling Orla’s inlet capacity to 600 MMcfd, the project will double the site’s NGL production to 80,000 b/d.

Scheduled for startup in third-quarter 2018, the Orla expansion will raise EPP’s total natural gas processing and NGL extraction capacities in the Permian basin to more than 1 bcfd and 150,000 b/d, respectively.

NGLs from Orla will be delivered into EPP’s fully integrated NGL system, including the recently announced 571-mile Shin Oak pipeline that will transport NGLs from the Permian basin to the firm’s NGL fractionation and storage complex at Mont Belvieu, Tex., which offers Delaware basin producers pipeline connectivity to US Gulf Coast petrochemical operators and EPP’s LPG and ethane deepwater marine export terminals on the Houston Ship Channel (OGJ Online, Apr. 10, 2017).

EPP’s Orla I processing train remains on schedule for commissioning in second-quarter 2018, while the Shin Oak pipeline is slated to be in service sometime during second-quarter 2019.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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