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Enterprise to begin propylene exports at Houston Ship Channel

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Enterprise to begin propylene exports at Houston Ship Channel

Responding toincreasing global demand, EnterpriseProducts Partners LP has added propylene exports to the service offeringsat its Houston Ship Channel terminal.

Enterprise hasloaded its first two vessels with polymer grade propylene, or PGP, for export, accordingto a July 19 news release. The facilities at the Enterprise Hydrocarbons Terminalcan load 5,000 metric tons per day of refrigerated PGP, supplied by fractionatorsand storage wells at the partnership's Mont Belvieu, Texas, complex.

The partnershipanticipates a rise in PGP export cargoes due to growing demand. Previously, itspipeline and rail infrastructure were upgraded for easier delivery of refinery gradepropylene to its fractionation facilities, where the mixture of propane and propylenewill be separated into PGP.

"With theaddition of our 1.65 billion pound [propane dehydrogenation] plant, which is scheduledto begin service in the second quarter of 2017, Enterprise will have the capabilityto produce 7.5 billion pounds of propylene per year, sufficient to meet the needsof our domestic and international customers," said A. James Teague, CEO ofEnterprise's general partner.