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Enterprise ramps up ethylene exports; commissions storage, pipeline system

June 29, 2020
Joint venture with Navigator expects to complete construction of aboveground ethylene storage tank by end of 2020

Enterprise Products Partners says its ethylene export terminal at Morgans Point TX, a joint venture with Navigator Holdings, has exceeded design interim loading capacity and expects to export more than 175 million pounds for the month of June.

The terminal is in the process of loading a record-sized ethylene cargo of 44 million pounds on the Navigator Eclipse.

The partnership expects to complete the construction of an aboveground ethylene storage tank, which will bring the total loading capacity of the marine terminal to 2.2 billion pounds per year, by the end of 2020.

The marine terminal volumes are supported by Enterprises high-capacity ethylene storage hub and pipeline system, which is connected to four ethylene pipeline systems. Enterprise expects to complete three additional connections by the end of 2020, linking its system to a majority of ethylene production capacity in Texas. Enterprises open access ethylene storage hub and pipeline system provides domestic ethylene producers access to both domestic and global markets.

“To meet the growing demand for petrochemical products, Enterprise built the worlds first fully open access global hub for polymer grade propylene, and now we have developed the first global hub for ethylene,” said A J Jim” Teague, co-chief executive officer of Enterprises general partner. These hubs are transforming how ethylene and propylene markets transact and will create a true marketplace for the worlds primary petrochemical producers, consumers and traders. These hubs provide the essentials for an efficient market: reliable supplies, price transparency and access to domestic and global markets.”

Enterprise Products Partners 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 export and import terminals; crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and export and import terminals; petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage, export and import terminals and related services; and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems. The partnerships assets include approximately 50,000 miles of pipelines; 260 million barrels of storage capacity for NGLs, crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals; and 14 Bcf of natural gas storage capacity.