Phillips 66 opens Freeport LP gas export terminal

December 18, 2016 By    

Phillips 66’s Freeport LP gas export terminal opened for business Dec. 16 when the company loaded its first contracted cargo on the Commander, a very large gas carrier.

Phillips 66's Freeport LP gas export terminal unloaded its first cargo on a very large gas carrier. Photo and video courtesy of Phillips 66

Phillips 66’s Freeport LP gas export terminal in Freeport, Texas, loaded its first cargo on a very large gas carrier. Photo and video courtesy of Phillips 66

The export terminal in Freeport, Texas, can simultaneously load two ships with refrigerated propane and butane at a combined rate of 36,000 barrels per hour or about 150,000 barrels per day (bpd), according to Phillips 66.

“The startup of the Freeport LP gas export terminal is the culmination of a four-year effort to develop a new U.S. Gulf Coast natural gas liquids (NGL) market hub,” says Greg Garland, chairman and CEO of Phillips 66. “The new LP gas export terminal gives customers the ability to place multi-grade LP gas products directly into global markets through Port Freeport, which provides immediate blue water access with minimal congestion.”

The new market hub also includes Phillips 66 Partners’ 100,000-bpd Sweeny Fractionator One and 7.5-million-barrel Clemens storage facility, Garland adds. Supply for the Freeport LP gas export terminal is sourced from the Sweeny Fractionator and Clemens storage facility, which is connected by pipeline to the Mont Belvieu hub.

The company developed the export facility to satisfy the growing international demand for affordable NGLs in the United States, Phillips 66 says. It plans to evaluate additional NGL fractionation and infrastructure alternatives along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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