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Enterprise starts up isobutane dehydrogenation plant in Texas

Enterprise Products Partners LP on Jan. 13 said it has placed into service its isobutane dehydrogenation plant in the Mont Belvieu, Texas, area.

The plant is underpinned by long-term, fee-based contracts and designed to process about 25,000 barrels per day of butane into almost 1 billion pounds per year of isobutylene, according to a news release. The partnership said it expects volumes to continue increasing in the next two weeks after the start-up.

"The completion of the new [isobutane dehydrogenation] facility extends our butane value chain by allowing us to increase production of both high purity and low purity isobutylene to be used primarily as feedstock to manufacture lubricants, rubber products and fuel additives," A.J. Teague, CEO of Enterprise's general partner, said in the release.

The partnership's second propane dehydrogenation plant in the same complex is on schedule to be completed in the first half of 2023, Teague said.

Enterprise provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals.