Enterprise Products Partners and Navigator Holdings have started construction on their joint venture ethylene export terminal at Enterprise's Morgan's Point facility on the Houston Ship Channel.
The terminal will have the capacity to export 2.2 billion pounds of ethylene per year. Refrigerated storage for 66 million pounds of ethylene is being constructed onsite and will provide the capability to load ethylene at rates of 2.2 million pounds per hour.
Commercial operations are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019, which is one quarter earlier than previously projected.
The new terminal will facilitate continued growth of domestic ethylene production, which is expected to reach 90 billion pounds per year by 2021. It will also promote supply diversification for expanding markets like Asia, which rely on cost-advantaged US feedstocks.
The high-capacity ethylene salt dome storage facility Enterprise is developing at its complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas is scheduled to begin service in the second quarter of 2019. Once complete, it will have a capacity of 600 million pounds with an injection/withdrawal rate of 420,000 pounds per hour and will be designed to enable connections to the eight ethylene pipelines within a half-mile of the Enterprise ethylene storage system.
Additionally, Enterprise is building a new ethylene pipeline from Mont Belvieu to Bayport, Texas, which is on schedule to begin service in 2020.
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