US Crosstex plans NGL fractionation unit in Louisiana

23 April 2013 19:40  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US midstream energy services firm Crosstex Energy plans to build a facility at Plaquemine, Louisiana, that will extract ethane and propane from natural gas liquids (NGLs) derived from shale gas, a petrochemicals engineering and technology firm said on Tuesday.

Honeywell's UOP, which won a contract to provide its technology and equipment for Crosstex’s project, said that the plant is scheduled to start up in 2014. Financial terms were not disclosed.

UOP will provide Crosstex with de-ethaniser and de-propaniser fractionators capable of handling a 100,000 bbl/day of mixed natural gas liquids stream for the extraction of ethane and propane, which are “highly in demand as petrochemical feedstocks for producing ethylene and propylene”, it said.

The contract is for a “full turn-key solution”, including installation and start-up services as well as other related equipment and infrastructure, it added.

"UOP is committed to providing efficient technologies that support the continued growth of shale gas processing and that enable producers to profitably fractionate individual NGL components from mixed natural gas liquid streams," said Rebecca Liebert, vice president and general manager for gas processing and hydrogen at UOP.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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