Enterprise Products Partners announced several new construction projects that will extend and expand its natural gas and NGL infrastructure in South Texas to accommodate expected production growth from the Eagle Ford shale play.
As a result of additional demand from Eagle Ford-producing customers, along with the execution of new gathering and processing agreements, Enterprise will build an additional 300 MMcf/d train at its Yoakum cryogenic natural gas processing facility in Lavaca County, TX.
In addition, the partnership is constructing 62 miles of 24-inch and 30-inch pipeline loops and increasing horsepower compression to gather, and transport an additional 300 MMcf/d of rich Eagle Ford shale gas. This expansion is expected to begin service in early 2013.
Approximately 195 rigs were working in the play as of the end of the third quarter 2011, compared to 105 rigs in the third quarter 2010.
As previously announced, Enterprise is constructing its Eagle Ford rich natural gas mainline system and associated laterals consisting of 300 miles of pipeline, representing gathering and transportation capacity of more than 600 MMcf/d. The Yoakum natural gas processing facility has 600 MMcf/d of capacity under construction which is expected to begin service in mid 2012. With the additional 300 MMcf/d train, the plant will have total capacity of 900 MMcf/d when service begins, which is expected in early 2013.
To handle the additional NGLs from the cryogenic facility, Enterprise has increased the size of its 127-mile Y-grade pipeline that originates at the Yoakum plant and provides access to Enterprise’s complex at Mont Belvieu from 20 to 24 inches. The new Yoakum plant will complement the partnership’s seven existing natural gas processing plants in South Texas which have the capacity to process 1.5 Bcf/d and offer customers the flexibility to access the market for their production.