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First-quarter earnings calls yield project updates, announcements
HOUSTON, May 19, 2016 (PCW) -- First-quarter earnings calls from several companies in the NGL/petrochemical value chain yielded some critical updates and announcements that could impact markets going forward. PCW has highlighted them below:
Keyera’s 35,000 b/d fractionator expansion at Fort Saskatchewan will begin commercial operations in June. The facility currently has a fractionation capacity of 30,200 b/d.
Targa’s 100,000 b/d Train 5 will be fully operational at the end of 2Q.
CP Chem’s LPG 150,000 b/d export terminal at Freeport is on track for its in-service date in the second half of this year.
LyondellBasell’s expanded Corpus Christi cracker is expected to be completed and running in the latter half of 3Q. The 1.7 billion lb/yr cracker’s capacity will be expanded by 800 million lb/yr.
Westlake’s expanded Petro 1 cracker back to be back in service in 3Q. The 1.2 billion lb/yr cracker will be expanded with an additional 250 million lb/yr. Its turnaround began on Apr 18.
The final leg of ETP’s Lone Star Express NGL pipeline will begin service in 3Q. The pipeline ships about 475,000 b/d from the Permian’s Delaware and Midland Basins to Mont Belvieu. The final portion of that project is the 30-inch pipeline.
Borealis to begin shipping as much as 240,000 mt/yr of ethane from Marcus Hook for its crackers in Europe.
Energy Transfer’s 120,000 b/d Lone Star fractionator 4 on schedule for start-up in December.
The ethane feedstock flexibility project at Dow’s 1.75 billion lb/yr ethylene cracker at Plaquemine, Louisiana, to be completed.
Mexichem said its joint-venture ethane cracker with OxyChem is expected to begin service by the end of the year. Full production rates at the 1.2 bilion lb/yr Ingleside, Texas, plant should be achieved in early 2017.
Marathon Petroleum’s Cornerstone pipeline is on track to begin operations in 4Q. The 50-mile pipeline will transport natural gasoline and condensate produced in Appalachia from Ohio processing plants to its 80,000 b/d refinery in Canton.
Occidental Petroleum said its JV ethane cracker with Mexichem at Ingleside is on track for start-up in 1Q 2017. The cracker will have production capacity of 1 billion lb/yr.
Westlake’s 100 million lb/yr expansion of its 450 million lb/yr Calvert City, Kentucky, ethylene plant is planned for 1H 2017.
PTTGC delays its FID of its 2.2 billion lb/yr cracker from end-2016 to early 2017.
Dow’s TX-9 cracker at Freeport is expected to come online in mid-2017.
CP Chem’s new 3.3 billion lb/yr ethane cracker is on track to begin service in mid-2017.
Shell expected to make FID on its proposed 3 billion lb/yr cracker in Pennsylvania.
ETP’s Revolution project in Appalachia now has an expected in-service date of November 2017. The project include a batch liquids pipeline, a 200,000 Mcf/day processing plant west of Pittsburgh and a 60,000 b/d fractionation facility at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania.
Earlier this year, the company said Revolution’s start-up date would be 3Q 2017.
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners’ ethane and ethylene transportation and storage services for Sasol’s Lake Charles cracker is expected to be in service in late 2017.
Axiall said its joint-venture 2.2 billion lb/yr ethane cracker with Lotte Chemical could come online as soon as late 2018.
Valero’s 13,000 b/d alkylation unit in Houston is expected to be completed in 1H 2019.
Compiled by Samantha Hartke