Plains All-American to expand Eagle Ford presence

HOUSTON — Plains All American Pipeline has announced $120 million in capital projects for the Eagle Ford Shale region, including a new natural gas liquids fractionator.

The fractionator, expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2015, will be able to process up to 15,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids, the Houston-based company announced Thursday. Plains plans to build the fractionator near rail and truck loading and unloading facilities  in Gardendale, Texas in La Salle County.

It also plans to expand a nearby condensate stabilization facility, adding a third train with incremental capacity of about 40,000 barrels per day. The additional train will bring the facility’s total capacity to about 120,000 barrels per day.

Plains said it also plans to build pressurized storage with a capacity of 80,000 barrels to hold the natural gas liquids and fractionated products, which will include international refrigerant specification grade LE propane, EPA non-commercial grade butane and international specification natural gasoline.