Enterprise, Enbridge advance work on Seaway pumps
Fuel Fix » Enterprise, Enbridge advance work on Seaway pumps
Enterprise Products Partners LP and Enbridge Inc. have mostly completed work on pump stations to an expansion of the 150,000-barrel-a-day Seaway pipeline, according to Genscape Inc., an energy information service.
Bottlenecks at the end of the line in Texas are keeping the companies from expanding capacity on the line, Abudi Zein, a senior vice president at Genscape in New York, said Wednesday on a conference call. When those bottlenecks are removed, the pipeline’s expansion will be sudden, not gradual, Zein said.
Rick Rainey, a Houston-based spokesman for Enterprise, said the companies remain on schedule to add incremental pumping capacity to increase Seaway’s flow to 400,000 barrels a day by the first quarter of 2013. Enbridge President Al Monaco said June 18 that the expansion will be complete by the end of 2012.
The Seaway line ends near Freeport, south of Houston. Enterprise is building a 65-mile-long, 36-inch pipeline from a terminal just north of Freeport to a crude oil storage facility in Houston. Seaway won’t be able to increase its flow until that’s finished, Zein said.
A June 29 presentation on Enterprise’s website calls for that project to be completed in the third quarter of this year. Zein said that time frame “seems unrealistic.”