Enterprise may suspend Mont Belvieu fractionation, storage

Enterprise Products Partners may curtail natural gas liquids fractionation and storage services at Mont Belvieu, Texas, Kallanish Energy learns.

The Houston-based energy infrastructure giant is evaluating the situation. It said in a statement that it “will provide a periodic update of this situation as factors warrant.”

The Mont Belvieu complex suffered only minor damage from Hurricane Harvey, the company said last week. The possible suspension of operations is a result of “the cumulative effects of the impacts of Hurricane Harvey,” the company said.

Enterprise said the hurricane’s impacts included the limitation of critical services provided by third parties such as nitrogen supplies, plus flooding and limited access to facilities.

“These impacts are exacerbated by the disruptions to energy demand caused by Hurricane Harvey’s effects on refineries and petrochemical facilities on the U.S. Gulf Coast and the closure of all ports on the Texas Gulf Coast, which limit access to export markets,” it said.

The company said the cumulative effect of these issues has caused brine containment issues and a reduction of fractionation capacity ay Mont Belvieu.

It added: “As a result, without relief from these difficulties, Enterprise is evaluating the curtailment of NGL fractionation and storage services.”

The company operates the largest NGL storage caverns on the Gulf Coast, at Mont Belvieu. It furnishes ethane to ethylene crackers on the Gulf Coast. It exports ethane, propane and butane.

It has 50,000 miles of pipelines plus storage for 260 million barrels of liquids and 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas.