Enterprise Products Partners is developing two refined products export facilities to meet the growing demand for additional refined product export capability on the Gulf Coast.
By utilizing the company’s existing Southern Complex of refined products pipeline, storage and terminal facilities in southeast Texas, Enterprise will provide customers with significantly improved access to its marine facilities at its ports in Beaumont, TX and on the Houston Ship Channel.
Export service at the Beaumont marine terminal will initially handle Panamax -size vessels and is expected to begin service in early 2014 followed in mid-2014 by its expanded marine terminal on the Houston Ship Channel that will be initially sized to handle up to Aframax class vessels.
Enterprise’s Southern Complex has traditionally served as a feeder system for the Enterprise TE Products Pipeline system, which delivers refined products to the Midwest. Over the past year, Enterprise has repurposed its Southern Complex in order to increase supply and market access, system flexibility and capacity.
Storage capacity at the partnership’s Southern Complex facilities has more than doubled to 12 MMbbls; key pipeline segments serving major refining centers have been made bi-directional; and new interconnects provide access to major, third party interstate pipeline systems. The Southern Complex is directly connected for refined product receipts from the Colonial Pipeline and 10 refineries in southeast Texas, representing 3.3 MMbpd of refining capacity.
In addition, the Southern Complex offers access to three interstate pipelines and one intrastate pipeline. Enterprise’s Southern Complex provides its customers with enhanced flow assurance and market choices.