Newly Formed Joint Venture To Build 580-Mile NGL Pipeline

September 2011, Vol. 238 No. 9

A three-company joint venture made up of Enterprise Products Partners, Enbridge Energy Partners and Anadarko Petroleum plan to construct a new NGL pipeline that will originate from Skellytown, TX in Carson County and extend approximately 580 miles to NGL fractionation and storage facilities in Mont Belvieu, TX.

The new Texas Express Pipeline (TEP) will help producers in West and Central Texas, the Rocky Mountains, Southern Oklahoma and the Mid-continent maximize the value of their natural gas production by providing additional takeaway capacity and enhanced access to the Gulf Coast NGL market. Initial capacity on TEP will be approximately 280,000 bpd, which can be readily expanded to approximately 400,000 bpd.

In addition, the joint venture will include two new NGL gathering systems. The first will connect TEP to natural gas processing plants in the Anadarko/Granite Wash production area located in the Texas Panhandle and Western Oklahoma. The second will connect the new pipeline to Central Texas, Barnett Shale processing plants. Volumes from the Rockies, Permian Basin and Mid-continent regions will be delivered to the TEP system utilizing Enterprise’s existing Mid-America Pipeline (MAPL) assets between the Conway hub and Enterprise’s Hobbs NGL fractionation facility in Gaines County, TX.

Enterprise will construct and serve as the operator of the pipeline, while Enbridge will build and operate the new gathering systems. The pipeline and gathering systems are expected to begin service in the second quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals.