Enterprise Products Partners is increasing loading capacity for LPG products at its hydrocarbon terminal on the Houston Ship Channel.
Construction work is underway to increase loading capacity for primarily propane and butane by 175,000 barrels per day, or five million barrels per month.
The expansion will bring total LPG export capacity at the terminal to 720,000 barrels per day, or approximately 21 million barrels per month.
Once complete, Enterprise Hydrocarbon Terminal will have the capability to load as many as six very large gas carrier vessels simultaneously, while maintaining the option to switch between propane and butane loadings.
Once operation, the expansion will allow the terminal to load a single VLGC in less than 24 hours, creating greater efficiencies and cost savings for customers. The incremental capacity is expected to be available in the second half of 2019.
A.J. 'Jim' Teague, CEO of Enterprise's general partner, says: 'Enterprise is already the largest exporter of propane in the world and this expansion project will increase our ability to export LPGs from the terminal facility by another 30% with nominal capital investment.
'Domestic production of hydrocarbons continues to exceed expectations and US demand. US LPG production currently exceeds US demand by over one million barrels per day and the domestic export terminals are approaching full utilisation.
'We estimate that US LPG production could increase by up to an additional 1.5 million barrels per day by 2025. Without access to international markets, excess LPG supplies would lead to a curtailment in the US crude oil and natural gas production growth.
'Marine terminal expansions like our will be essential to balancing the market and meeting growing global demand for US hydrocarbons.'
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