Enterprise launches gas pipe to underpin higher US LNG exports
Midstream company Enterprise Products Partners announced December 15 that commercial service had started at its Gillis Lateral gas pipeline, which will service LNG export hubs along the southern US coast.
The 129-km network starts near existing midstream infrastructure associated with the Haynesville shale play and runs to third-party connections for “multiple” pipelines serving LNG export terminals on the US Gulf Coast. The Gillis Lateral can accommodate as much as 1bn ft3/d of natural gas.
In order to meet the additional volumes, Enterprise said it increased the capacity on its Acadian Haynesville Extension pipeline from 1.8bn ft3/d to 2.1bn ft3/d by increasing the horsepower at a compressor station in Louisiana.
“By leveraging the flexibility of our Acadian system, Enterprise is providing natural gas producers in the growing Haynesville shale, one of the most lucrative natural gas plays in the US, with access to the higher valued global LNG market,” said Natalie Gayden, a senior vice president for natural gas assets for Enterprise’s general partner.
Haynesville is the third-largest natural gas producer among the seven primary shale basins in the continental United States behind the Appalachia basin, which includes both the Marcellus and Utica plays, and the Permian basin, respectively.
In its latest Drilling Productivity Report, the US Energy Information Administration forecasts Haynesville natural gas production will average 13.8bn ft3/d during December and increase to nearly 14bn ft3/d the following month.