Our NGL storage facilities allow producers and their customers to solve supply and demand imbalances. We provide storage when market demands for propane or butane products are low, allowing our customers to respond quickly when market demands increase due to seasonality and other factors. We own and operate 33 storage facilities, 22 rail terminals and seven pipeline terminals. We own or have joint ventures in nine fractionation facilities, five gas straddle plants and two gas processing plants. The combination of our strategically located assets and strong marketing presence in the major storage and trading centres provide the energy product solutions that customers require. Our infrastructure is designed to support our NGL marketing activities, including:
- purchasing NGL products (including ethane, propane, butane and pentanes) in bulk at major pipeline terminal points and storage locations
- transporting the NGL via common carrier pipelines, railcars, and trucks to our own terminals and third-party facilities for subsequent resale to wholesale customers
- exchanging product at other locations to meet contract delivery requirements
NGL are ethane, propane, butane, and pentanes (natural gasoline) found in natural gas. They are separated so the natural gas (methane) meets specifications for pipeline transportation. NGL have a higher market value than natural gas and are used as petrochemical feedstock (ethane), in residential, commercial, and auto gas applications (propane), and for gasoline blending (butane).