Caliche Development Partners’ first natural gas liquids (NGLs) storage project in Beaumont, TX is officially in service. This milestone follows a detailed commissioning effort, providing safe and on-specification handling and storage of ethylene from Caliche’s initial pipeline connection. 

The project’s cavern allows for storage of up to 600 million pounds of ethylene and connects to a 12.8-mile header system crossing five operating ethylene pipelines, two more of which will be connected to the facility before the year’s end. This announcement follows drilling completion of a planned, five-million-barrel cavern for ethane storage. 

Caliche expects to provide up to 120,000 barrels per day of ethane deliverability, as well as a 12-mile ethane header mirroring the path of Caliche’s ethylene system. By the end of 2019, the ethane header will cross five ethane pipelines connecting more than 50 percent of Gulf Coast ethane consumption with the Mont Belvieu NGL complex. Additionally, Caliche has begun drilling a planned three-million-barrel cavern for other NGL storage with up to another 120,000 barrels per day of deliverability.

When fully developed, Caliche Coastal will provide up to 32 million barrels of purpose-built, salt cavern storage facilities. 

Caliche is a Houston-based company focused on the development, construction, and operation of subsurface hydrocarbon storage assets and related pipelines in North America.

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12th November 2018