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Phillips 66 plans NGL fractionator at Old Ocean, TX

8:42 AM MDT | April 3, 2013 | Clay Boswell

Phillips 66 aims to develop a 100,000-bbl/day natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator at Old Ocean, TX, close to its Sweeny Refinery, the company said on Tuesday. If the project is approved, construction would begin in the first half of 2014 with start-up by the second half of 2015. “We see excellent opportunities to grow the natural gas liquids business, and the chance to supply purity NGLs and liquefied petroleum gas to the petrochemical industry and heating markets,” says Phillips 66 Chairman and CEO Greg Garland. 

Garland: Market-facing opportunitiesThe project is currently in the engineering design phase, and the company is in the process of filing for all applicable permits. “This project would enable us to take advantage of strong existing midstream transportation and storage infrastructure along with demonstrated operations excellence,” Garland says. 

NGL feedstock for the Old Ocean fractionator would be supplied by several nearby pipelines, thus avoiding congestion at Mont Belvieu, TX, the company says, and fractionator products would be marketed primarily to petrochemical customers in the region with access to Mont Belvieu. 

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