The shale revolution catapulted the U.S. into a net exporter of natural gas and NGLs virtually overnight. The sheer volumes of natural gas liquids produced here as a byproduct of gas are used every day around the world for fuel, petrochemical feedstock, plastics, rubber, propellants, octane boosters and numerous other chemical-based products. And the world is hungry for them.

Enterprise Products

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is an American midstream natural gas and crude oil pipeline company with headquarters in Houston, Texas. It acquired GulfTerra in September 2004. The company ranked No. 105 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

RMR today is following the latest news from Houston-based Enterprise Products, which recently announced startup service of a new isobutane dehydrogenation (IBDH) plant near Mont Belvieu, Texas. Once in full gallop, the IBDH will be capable of processing 25,000 BPD of butane into nearly 1 billion pounds of isobutylene a year. Isobutylene, the magic ingredient for octane blending but more predominantly butyl rubber in the tire industry, is also used in the manufacture of lubricants, protective clothing and gas masks. China and India are the largest importers.

Enterprise’s isomerization complex is the largest of its kind in the nation and includes a 70-mile pipeline system to transport high-purity isobutane from Mont Belvieu to Port Neches, Texas.

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