Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has completed construction, commissioned, and initiated operation of the remaining 162-mile portion of the Aegis ethane pipeline from Lake Charles to the Napoleonville, LA area.
The 270-mile, 20-inch Aegis system originates at Mont Belvieu and is home to over 110 MMbbls of Enterprise-owned storage capacity. Combined with the partnership’s existing South Texas pipeline network, Aegis is an integral part of an ethane header system capable of serving over 20 petrochemical facilities along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
“The Aegis system provides price-advantaged ethane feedstock and supply flexibility for the expanding network of petrochemical facilities along a 500-mile corridor between Corpus Christi, TX and the Mississippi River,” according to Enterprise. “These facilities are expected to represent over 90% of domestic ethylene capacity within the next five years.”
The Aegis pipeline project has received strong interest, as indicated by the success of four open seasons, including the most recent one held Nov. 1-30. Customers have executed contracts totaling 360,000 bpd that will ramp up over the next four years. With additional pumps, the pipeline will have the capacity to transport 400,000 bpd of ethane.