Enterprise Products Partners has begun commercial operations on the first natural gas processing train at its new Orla cryogenic natural gas processing facility in Reeves County, Texas. The Orla 1 train provides natural gas processing capacity of 300 MMcf/d and is capable of extracting more than 40,000 bpd of NGLs. According to the company, a second train is expected to be placed in service in the fourth quarter of 2018 with the Orla 3 processing train coming online in 2019.
When complete, the three trains will be able to process up to 1 Bcf/d of natural gas and have the capacity to produce 150,000 bpd of NGLs. In conjunction with the Orla 1 start-up, the partnership also placed into service approximately 70 miles of high-pressure residue natural gas pipeline connecting the plant to its existing intrastate natural gas pipeline system and a 30-mile extension of its NGL system.
“The start of operations at our Orla natural gas processing complex will facilitate continued growth of natural gas and NGL production in the Permian Basin, which is expected to double over the next four years,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, chief executive officer of Enterprise’s general partner. “The completion of the three trains at Orla, along with Enterprise’s existing assets, will increase our processing capacity in the Permian Basin to 1.5 Bcf/d. When combined with Enterprise’s extensive integrated midstream network that includes our NGL fractionation and storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas, Orla will support Delaware Basin producers with flow assurance and access to expanding domestic and international markets.”