Enterprise Starts Orla 2, Begins Construction of 7th Delaware Plant

EPP's growing Permian processing complex (source: Enterprise Products Partners)

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced it has started construction of the Mentone cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Loving County, Texas, and commenced commercial operation of the second train at its Orla processing facility in Reeves County. 

The Mentone facility, which is expected to begin service in the first quarter of 2020, will have the capacity to process 300 MMcf/d of natural gas and extract more than 40,000 bpd of NGLs. The project is supported by a long-term acreage dedication agreement.

To support development of Mentone, Enterprise is constructing 66 miles of large-diameter gathering and residue pipelines and expanding compression capabilities. The projects will allow the Mentone natural gas processing plant to link to the partnership’s NGL system, including the Shin Oak pipeline scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019, as well as Enterprise’s existing Texas Intrastate natural gas pipeline network. Enterprise placed approximately 70 miles of high-pressure residue natural gas pipeline into service earlier this year to connect its Orla plant to the system.

A.J. “Jim” Teague, chief executive officer of Enterprise’s general partner, said the third processing train under construction at the Orla complex is on schedule for completion in the second quarter of 2019.  

"The Mentone facility further extends our value chain in the growing Delaware Basin and provides access to our fully integrated midstream network serving domestic and international markets," Teague said.

Orla and Mentone combined will provide 1.3 Bcf/d of processing capacity and 195,000 bpd of NGL production, providing Houston-based Enterprise "with expansion opportunities to meet customer growth plans," Teague said.

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