Enterprise Products Partners LP announced plans to convert one of its natural gas liquids pipelines that transports NGLs from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast to crude oil service. The conversion is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020.
This pipeline conversion would provide the partnership with total crude oil pipeline capacity of over 650,000 barrels per day from the Permian Basin to Enterprise’s crude oil hub in the Houston TX area.
Enterprise has three existing NGL pipelines that stretch from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast: the Seminole Blue, Seminole Red, and Chaparral. The Shin Oak NGL pipeline, which is currently under construction, will be the partnership’s fourth NGL pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Shin Oak pipeline is expected to be in service in the second quarter of 2019. The completion of the Shin Oak pipeline provides Enterprise the flexibility to divert NGL volumes from at least one of its existing NGL pipelines onto Shin Oak and repurpose the vacated NGL pipeline to crude oil service. Enterprise is currently evaluating which NGL pipelines to repurpose.
“We have had strong demand for crude oil transportation, storage, and marine terminal services for crude oil production from the Permian Basin,” said A J “Jim” Teague, chief executive officer of the general partner of Enterprise. “This repurposing of an NGL pipeline to crude oil service is another example of our system flexibility and the innovation of our employees to respond to customer needs while increasing the distributable cash flow and value of our partnership.”
Enterprise Products Partners LP is one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals. Services include: natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and storage; NGL transportation, fractionation, storage and import and export terminals; crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and terminals; petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage and terminals; and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems. The partnership’s assets include approximately 50,000 miles of pipelines; 260 million barrels of storage capacity for NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals; and 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity.