Joint Venture Moves Ahead With Plans For 580-Mile Texas Express Pipeline

March 2012, Vol. 239 No. 3

Enterprise Products Partners, Enbridge Energy Partners and Anadarko Petroleum announced that shippers have executed long-term contracts for capacity on the Texas Express Pipeline (TEP) being developed by the joint venture.

The shippers, which include unaffiliated shippers, have tendered 15-year, ship-or-pay transportation agreements containing volume commitments that total 232,000 bpd. The contracts also include an option provision allowing shippers to increase their volume commitment.

Originating near Skellytown in Carson County, TX the 20-inch TEP mainline will extend 580 miles to Enterprise’s natural gas liquids fractionation and storage complex at Mont Belvieu and will provide access to other third-party facilities in the area.

The joint venture also includes 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 NGL gathering system will connect the new pipeline to Barnett Shale natural gas processing plants in central Texas.

Enterprise representatives are working with residents, landowners and community leaders along the proposed route, providing information about the project, conducting surveys and negotiating right-of-way agreements. The pipeline and related gathering systems are expected to begin service in mid 2013.