Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) affiliate, Mid-America Pipeline Company, LLC (MAPL) Tuesday announced the start of a binding open season to seek shipper support for a proposed expansion of the Rocky Mountain portion of its natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline system.
Originating in the Rocky Mountain Overthrust and San Juan Basin oil and gas production areas, the 2,793-mile pipeline extends to Enterprise's Hobbs fractionator in Gaines County, Texas. At the Hobbs facility, the MAPL system links to the Seminole Pipeline, enabling shippers to access the world's largest NGL fractionation complex at Mont Belvieu, Texas, which includes facilities owned and operated by Enterprise affiliates.
Depending on shipper response to the open season, the expansion project can be designed to add 45,000 BPD to 85,000 BPD of incremental annual average capacity to the system to accommodate growing production in the region. The Rocky Mountain portion of the MAPL system currently has a capacity of 275,000 BPD. Achieving the additional capacity would involve looping certain pipe sections and upgrades at existing pump stations. Provided there is sufficient shipper commitment, the additional capacity could be available as soon as the third quarter of 2014.
The open season will begin March 29, 2011 at 12 noon CDT and continues until 5 p.m. CDT April 29, 2011. By May 6, 2011, MAPL will notify shippers who have submitted an executed Transportation Services Agreement whether or not the expansion project will proceed.