Enterprise’s Baymark Ethylene Pipeline Mechanically Complete, Being Commissioned

(P&GJ) — Enterprise Product Partners’ 90-mile Baymark ethylene pipeline in southern Texas is mechanically complete and in the process of being commissioned, a spokesman said.

Enterprise could not yet share an estimate of when the pipeline will be in commercial service. It was originally estimated to begin service in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 The pipeline, which is intended to extend Enterprise’s ethylene pipeline and logistics system further into south Texas, starts in the Bayport area of southeast Harris County and extends about 90 miles to Markham, Texas, in Matagorda County.

The project is a joint venture between Enterprise and Lavaca Pipe Line Company, a subsidiary of Formosa Plastics Corp. Enterprise is the majority owner, operator and manager of the pipeline.

The pipeline should provide access to a high-capacity ethylene storage well Enterprise is repurposing at its Mont Belvieu complex, as well as connectivity to the ethylene export terminal at Morgan’s Point.

The ethylene export terminal, at Morgan’s Point facility on the Houston Ship Channel, features two docks and the capacity to load 2.2 billion pounds of ethylene per year. A refrigerated storage tank for 66 million pounds of ethylene is being constructed on-site that will allow the terminal to load ethylene up to a rate of 2.2 million pounds per hour.

“The U.S. petrochemical industry is experiencing unprecedented growth with production of ethylene expected to exceed 100 billion pounds per year by 2025,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner.  “The Baymark Pipeline further extends our petrochemical value chain, providing producing and consuming customers with enhanced access to the largest liquids storage hub in North America at Mont Belvieu, as well as linking them to growing domestic and international markets.”

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