Boardwalk says completion of Louisiana growth projects to take an extra year

Houston (Platts)--30 Apr 2018 222 pm EDT/1822 GMT

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners now expects its Louisiana Midstream growth projects -- which will provide ethane and ethylene transportation and storage services to petrochemical customers in southern Louisiana -- to come online through 2020, the company said in an earnings release Monday.

In August, the company said during a conference call that the projects would start coming online in the second half of 2017 through 2019.

The company has completed drilling the first two of four new brine production wells at the Choctaw Hub in Louisiana, which supports brine supply service in the Baton Rouge area, it said in its first-quarter 2018 earnings call.

Additionally, Boardwalk began civil and engineering work on a project to provide gas-treating services and construction of the pump station that will expand the capacity of the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system. The projects will cost about $150 million to build overall.

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The Evangeline system is an about 180-mile interstate pipeline capable of transporting about 2.6 billion lb/year of ethylene, according to Boardwalk.

Evangeline transports ethylene between Port Neches, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where it interconnects with Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream's ethylene distribution system and storage facilities at the Choctaw Hub.

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