Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Energy Transfer Partners, Regency Partners plan new fractionation unit

HOUSTON, Texas - Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) on Feb. 16 announced that their joint venture, Lone Star NGL LLC, will construct a second 100,000 barrel per day (b/d) natural gas liquids fractionation facility at Mont Belvieu, Texas.

Supported by multiple long-term contracts, the second fractionator is necessary to handle the increasing NGL barrels delivered via the partnerships' Woodford Shale, Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin infrastructure, including Lone Star's 570-mile West Texas Gateway NGL Pipeline.

Lone Star is on schedule to complete its West Texas Gateway NGL Pipeline and initial 100,000 b/d fractionator at Mont Belvieu in the first quarter of 2013, and expects this second fractionator to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. At an estimated cost of $350 million, the project will also include interconnectivity infrastructure to provide NGL suppliers and NGL markets with significant access to storage, other fractionators, pipelines and multiple markets along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.

"With the capacity of our first fractionator fully contracted, and increasing customer demand for NGL outlets, the addition of a second fractionator was necessary," said Greg Bowles, senior vice president of Lone Star. "Our two new fractionators and our West Texas Gateway system are all supported by long-term agreements. These assets, along with other projects we are pursuing in these prolific regions, demonstrate our strong commitment to providing full NGL services for our customers."

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