Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) continues to expand its natural gas footprint as natural gas production and piping continues to grow in the U.S.
The midstream energy company announced June 20 it plans to build a cryogenic natural gas processing facility — its third facility announced in less than 24 months — as well as additional natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines.
Enterprise’s target: the NGL-rich Delaware Basin in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The facility’s site hasn’t been determined, but the plant is expected to have a nameplate capacity of 300 million cubic feet per day and extract more than 40,000 barrels of NGL daily. The facility is expected to start up in the second quarter of 2018.
The project also includes building rich natural gas gathering lines, a residue pipeline to Texas’ Waha oil field and an NGL pipeline to Enterprise’s Mid-America Pipeline system, all of which will integrate with Enterprise’s Delaware Basin infrastructure.
“The South Eddy facility began operations earlier this year, while our joint venture processing plant at Waha is expected to begin service in the third quarter of 2016,” A.J. “Jim” Teague, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner, said in the company’s statement. “Altogether, these initiatives are expected to increase our processing capacity in the Delaware Basin to 800 MMcf/d, compared to 40 MMcf/d in 2012.”
Enterprise is the fourth-largest Houston-based public company, based on its $47.95 billion in revenue in 2014, according to Houston Business Journal research. It reported nearly $27.03 billion in revenue for 2015.
Demand for natural gas production and piping continues to boom. Last week, Mexico’s state-owned power company selected a subsidiary of Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE: SE) and a joint venture led by TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP) to build two pipeline projects that will transport natural gas to Mexico.
The TransCanada portion is the $2.1 billion Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline project, and the Spectra portion is the $1.5 billion Nueces-to-Brownsville pipeline project.