LyondellBasell announces plans for two NGL units in Texas

11 April 2013 15:48  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--LyondellBasell on Thursday announced plans for two natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation units to be built next to its olefins production site in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The NGL will be used by LyondellBasell affiliate Equistar Chemicals as feedstock to produce ethylene and propylene.

LyondellBasell said that under agreements with TexStar MidStream Services, TexStar would build the plants, which will have a combined processing capacity of 63,000 bbl/day of NGLs, produced from the Eagle Ford shale region in Texas.

Equistar will purchase ethane and propane produced from the units under a long-term agreement, and it will also operate the fractionators for TexStar and provide various utilities.

Construction will begin in April 2013, with start-up expected for late 2013.

"The fractionation facilities will enable us to diversify and increase our NGL feedstock supply from nearby shale formations in the region in advance of our upcoming capacity expansion at Corpus Christi, and provides TexStar the benefit of our existing infrastructure at the site," said LyondellBasell CEO Jim Gallogly. 

"This is another example of a project that can bring efficiency and value and be quickly implemented to take advantage of low-cost natural gas and NGLs in North America," Gallogly added.

The company recently announced plans to expand ethylene capacity at Corpus Christi by 800m lb/year.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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