NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS (NGLs)
Through our natural liquids transportation and services segment, we own: approximately 4,800 miles of NGL pipelines with an aggregate transportation capacity of more than 2,000MBbls/d; seven NGL fractionators and a propane de-ethanizer in Mont Belvieu and fractionators at King Ranch and Geismar, LA, with an aggregate capacity of 1,133 MBbls/d; and NGL storage facilities in Mont Belvieu and Hattiesburg with aggregate working storage capacity of approximately 57 million barrels. The NGL pipelines primarily transport NGLs from the Permian, Delaware, Barnett and Eagle Ford Basins to Mont Belvieu.
Lone Star Express
Capacity of 507,000 Bbls/d
Approximately 535 miles of NGL transmission pipelines
The Lone Star Express System is an interstate NGL pipeline consisting of 24-inch and 30-inch long-haul transportation pipeline that delivers mixed NGLs from processing plants in the Permian Basin, the Barnett Shale and East Texas to the Mont Belvieu NGL storage and fractionation facilities. An expansion of the pipeline is currently underway, which will add approximately 400,000 Bbls/d of NGL pipeline capacity from Lone Star’s pipeline near Wink, Texas to the Lone Star Express 30-inch pipeline south of Fort Worth, Texas. It is expected to be in service by the fourth quarter of 2020.
Lone Star Contacts:
West Texas Gateway Pipeline
Capacity of 240,000 Bbls/d
Approximately 512 miles of NGL transmission pipeline
The West Texas Gateway Pipeline, owned by Lone Star, began service in December 2012 and transports NGLs produced in the Permian and Delaware Basins and the Eagle Ford Shale to Mont Belvieu, Texas.
Lone Star Contacts:
Capacity of 375,000 Bbls/d
Approximately 127 miles of NGL transmission pipeline
Mariner East Pipeline System
Mariner East capacity of 70,000 Bbls/day
Mariner East 2 capacity of 275,000 Bbls/day upon full completion
Approximately 670 miles of NGL transmission pipeline
The Mariner East pipeline system transports NGLs from the Marcellus and Utica Shales areas in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio to destinations in Pennsylvania, including our Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River, where they are processed, stored and distributed to local, domestic and waterborne markets. Mariner East 1 consists of interstate and intrastate propane and ethane service and commenced operations in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2016, respectively. Mariner East 2 and Mariner East 2X are parallel lines that expand our Mariner East pipeline network and will provide interstate and intrastate propane, ethane and butane service. Mariner East 2 went into initial service in December of 2018. Mariner East 2X is expected to be in service to be in late 2020.
Mariner South Pipeline System
Capacity of 200,000 Bbls/d
Approximately 97 miles of NGL transmission pipeline
The Mariner South pipeline is part of a joint project with Lone Star to deliver export-grade propane and butane products from Lone Star’s Mont Belvieu, Texas storage and fractionation complex to our marine terminal in Nederland, Texas.
Mariner West Pipeline System
Capacity of 50,000 Bbls/d
Approximately 395 miles of NGL transmission pipeline
The Mariner West pipeline provides transportation of ethane from the Marcellus Shale processing and fractionating areas in Houston, Pennsylvania to Marysville, Michigan and the Canadian border. Mariner West commenced operations in the fourth quarter of 2013, with capacity to transport approximately 50 MBbls/d.
White Cliffs NGL Pipeline
White Cliffs NGL Pipeline capacity of 40,000 Bbls/day
Approximately 527 miles of NGL transmission pipeline
The White Cliffs NGL pipeline, which we have 51% ownership interest in and which was acquired by ET in the SemGroup acquisition and contributed to ETO in January 2020, transports NGLs produced in the DJ Basin to Cushing, where it interconnects with the Southern Hills Pipeline to move NGLs to Mont Belvieu, Texas and has a throughput capacity of approximately 40 MBbls/d.
Other NGL Pipelines
Other NGL pipelines include the 87-mile Liberty pipeline with a capacity of 140,000 Bbls/d, the 45-mile Freedom pipeline with a capacity of 56,000 Bbls/d and the 20-mile Spirit pipeline with a capacity of 20,000 Bbls/d.
Mont Belvieu Facilities
Working storage capacity of approximately 50 million Bbls
Approximately 182 miles of NGL transmission pipelines
790,000 Bbls/d NGL and propane fractionation facilities
The Mont Belvieu storage facility, owned by Lone Star, is an integrated liquids storage facility with over 50 million barrels of salt dome capacity providing 100% fee-based cash flows. The Mont Belvieu storage facility has access to multiple NGL and refined product pipelines, the Houston Ship Channel, and numerous petrochemical plants, refineries and fractionation facilities.
Our Mont Belvieu fractionators handle NGLs delivered from several sources, including the Lone Star Express pipeline and the Justice pipeline. Fractionator VI was placed in service in February 2019, Fractionator VII was placed in service in the first quarter of 2020, and Fractionator VIII is currently under construction and is scheduled to be operational by the second quarter of 2021.
Lone Star Contacts:
Hattiesburg Storage Facility
Working storage capacity of approximately 3.0 million barrels
The Hattiesburg storage facility is an integrated liquids storage facility with approximately 3.0 million barrels of salt dome capacity, providing 100% fee-based cash flows. The facility has a 22 spot rail unloading and loading facility and six truck bays.
Sea Robin Processing Plant
One processing plant with 850 MMcf/d residue capacity and 26,000 Bbls/d NGL capacity
18.5% non-operated interest held by ET Lone Star
Sea Robin is a rich gas processing plant located on the Sea Robin Pipeline in southern Louisiana. The plant, which is connected to nine interstate and four intrastate residue pipelines as well as various deep-water production fields, has a residue capacity of 850MMcf/d and an NGL capacity of 26,000 Bbls/d.
Refinery Services: Brian Webb 713-989-2319
One processing plant (Chalmette) with capacity of 54 MMcf/d
One NGL fractionator with 35,000 Bbls/d capacity
Approximately 103 miles of NGL pipelines
Refinery Services consists of a refinery off-gas processing unit and an O-grade NGL fractionation / Refinery-Grade Propylene (“RGP”) splitting complex located along the Mississippi River refinery corridor in southern Louisiana. The off-gas processing unit cryogenically processes refinery off-gas, and the fractionation / RGP splitting complex fractionates the streams into higher value components. The O-grade fractionator and RGP splitting complex, located in Geismar, Louisiana, is connected by approximately 103 miles of pipeline to the Chalmette processing plant, which has a processing capacity of 54 MMcf/d.
Refinery Services: Brian Webb 713-989-2319
Energy Transfer uses the only U.S. patented Automated Butane Blending System to continuously monitor gasoline flows, create additional gasoline through butane blending and ensure that all gasoline meets but does not exceed state and EPA specifications. Our team of specialists constructs custom blending systems, manages and delivers certified butane inventory, provides regulatory guidance and support with onsite technicians and remotely monitors blending around the clock.
The Nederland terminal, in addition to crude oil activities, also provides approximately 1 million Bbls of storage and distribution services for NGLs in connection with the Mariner South pipeline, which provides transportation of propane and butane products from the Mont Belvieu region to the Nederland terminal, where such products can be exported via ship.
Marcus Hook Industrial Complex
The Marcus Hook Industrial Complex includes fractionation, terminalling and storage assets, with a capacity of approximately 2 million Bbls of NGL storage capacity in underground caverns, 4 million Bbls of above-ground refrigerated storage, and related commercial agreements. The terminal has a total active refined products storage capacity of approximately 1 million Bbls. The facility can receive NGLs and refined products via marine vessel, pipeline, truck and rail, and can deliver via marine vessel, pipeline and truck. In addition to providing NGL storage and terminalling services to both affiliates and third-party customers, the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex currently serves as an off-take outlet for our Mariner East 1 pipeline system.
The Inkster terminal, located near Detroit, Michigan, consists of multiple salt caverns with a total storage capacity of approximately 860 MBbls of NGLs. We use the Inkster terminal’s storage in connection with the Toledo North pipeline system and for the storage of NGLs from local producers and a refinery in Western Ohio. The terminal can receive and ship by pipeline in both directions and has a truck loading and unloading rack.