26 September 2011 19:51 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Enterprise Products Partners's Neptune cryogenic natural gas processing facility in Louisiana will soon be enhanced by several infrastructure improvements, the US midstream energy company said on Monday.
The improvements include the construction of a condensate stabilizer facility at Neptune, new pipelines and associated interconnects, additional compression and installation of other related equipment, including dehydration units, Enterprise said.
The only components yet to be completed are a nine-mile pipeline carrying offshore natural gas between the Neptune site and Enterprise’s Calumet site; and a connection to the Walker Ridge Gathering System that will allow Neptune to handle production from the Gulf of Mexico’s ultra-deepwater region, Enterprise said.
The first volumes from Calumet to Neptune are expected by the end of 2011, while production from Walker Ridge should begin by 2014.
“As a result of this [optimization programme], the amount of offshore pipeline accessible to Neptune will essentially quadruple,” said Jim Teague, Enterprise’s chief operating officer.
“Furthermore, extending Neptune's reach to multiple pipeline systems prevents us from having to rely on a single source to continue meeting the needs of our customers, who will benefit from the increased reliability,” he added.
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