Aux Sable: US Operations
Aux Sable Liquid Products
Aux Sable Liquid Products (ASLP) owns and operates the Channahon NGL Facility located on US Highway 6 approximately half way between Channahon and Morris, Illinois, about 50 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois. The facility commenced operations in December 2000 and can process up to 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. The plant is capable of extracting and fractionating approximately 102,000 barrels per day of spec NGL products (ethane, propane, normal butane, iso-butane, and natural gasoline). ASLP installed a 7,000 barrel a day isomerization plant that commenced operations in 2nd quarter 2007.
ASLP continues to provide a very operationally effective and value competitive solution for producers of NGL rich gas in Canada and North Dakota. In addition, ASLP facilities can provide service for NGL mixes received by truck and rail from nearby shale plays like the Marcellus and Utica.
ASLP facilities include:
- 16 spot rail loading rack (minimum two switches per day), serviced by CN with connections to all major railroads
- Rail and truck offloading for NGL mixes (including ethane)
- 200,000 barrels of on-site storage (spec products, and mix)
- Four NGL pipelines and access to:
- Kinder Morgan products terminals (propane and normal butane)
- TEPPCO Monee product terminals (propane only)
- Buckeye Pipeline via Monee
- Lyondell Chemical’s Morris facility (all products)
- ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery (all products except ethane)
- Citgo Lemont Refinery
- BP Whiting Refinery
- BP Tuscola terminal
- Flint Hills Chemical facility
- An exclusive lease with TEPPCO at its Monee, Illinois site for utilization of propane storage (180,000 barrels) and associated truck loading
- Since commencement of operations in December 2000, ASLP has processed over 6 trillion cubic feet of gas and produced over 10 billion gallons of specification NGL products
Aux Sable Midstream purchased the Palermo Conditioning Plant (formerly the Stanley Plant) and Prairie Rose Pipeline from a wholly owned subsidiary of EOG Resources, Inc. on July 1, 2011. The Prairie Rose Pipeline connects the Palermo Plant to Alliance Pipeline which delivers high energy dense phase gas to ASLP's Channahon, Illinois Plant for processing.
The 80 mmfcd Palermo Plant commenced operation in February 2010 and receives gas from four gas gathering systems servicing nearby Bakken shale oil/gas production areas. The plant removes the heavier hydrocarbon compounds while leaving the majority of the natural gas liquids in the rich gas delivered into the Prairie Rose Pipeline.
The 12-inch diameter, 83-mile Prairie Rose Pipeline also commenced operation in February 2010 and gathers gas from the Palermo Plant and other sources for delivery into the Alliance Pipeline system at Bantry, North Dakota. The pipeline has an estimated capacity of 110 mmcfd and can be easily expanded to meet additional demand.
ASM has recently announced that it intends to construct a NGL mix truck unloading facility at the Palermo Plant with an initial capacity of 5,000 barrels per day. Start-up is planned for April, 2012. See link for more details.
These assets will provide the platform to further develop and grow our business in the Bakken oil shale play by providing producers with value added options for their rich gas and NGL production.
ASM is pursuing growth initiatives in support of Aux Sable's stated Vision. These initiatives are focused primarily on the growing shale oil/gas developments in the U.S. midwestern and eastern areas where access to ASLP and ASM facilities can be competitive. More specifically, ASM is actively developing NGL mix supply from the Marcellus and Utica shale developments for processing at Channahon. In addition, ASM will actively pursue offgas processing opportunities for Midwestern refineries.