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W|EPC: Enterprise (EPD) PDH-2 Q420 Project Monitor & Satellite Image Review

November 2020

Total Pages: 18

Table Of Contents

W|EPC: Enterprise (EPD) PDH-2 Q420 Project Monitor & Satellite Image Review

  • Key Takeaways – Page 2

Cost & Schedule Updates

  • Cost Forecast – Page 4
  • Project Milestones – Page 5
  • Progress Analysis – Page 6
  • Project Comps – Page 7
  • On-Site Staffing – Page 8

Analysis & Satellite Image Review

  • Analysis – PDH 2 Recovery Potential – Page 10 
  • Recovery Plan Risk – Page 11
  • Progress Comparison – Page 12
  • Staffing Comparison- Page 13
  • ~2 Years Of Project Development For EPD – 15
  • October 2020 Satellite Image – 16


 Key Takeaways:

1) EPD PDH 2 Project Delay Analysis    

Based on Q420 aerial project site images, W|EPC estimates Enterprise Products (EPD) PDH behind schedule by roughly… (pages 4 – 7)

In Q220, EPD announced a 3-month schedule slip (from Q123 to Q223), potentially limiting future change orders (i.e. cost escalation) related to COVID impact (based on typical EPC contract FM concepts).

To reduce the COVID delay to only 3 months, we believe EPD implemented a schedule recovery plan that accelerated/compressed back-end construction activities to meet a Q423 COD forecast. (pgs. 10 – 13)

2) Enterprise’s First ESG Guidance… :    

On October 28, 2020, EPD released their approach to ESG. In the report, EPD touts they are the largest Midstream producer of Hydrogen.

With the addition of PDH2, Enterprise would increase their Hydrogen production by [REDACTED] and could produce [REDACTED] by incorporating fuel cells in their Mont Belvieu, TX facility.

Companies like SK are working with fuel cell manufacturers to integrate high temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) into PDH units to use the hydrogen produced to reduce operating costs….this could help EPD’s ESG potential.

3) Schedule Recovery Risks & Benefits:   

A schedule recovery plan can be costly and is not guaranteed to succeed. PDH 2 schedule recovery risks/benefits include:
Risks – An EPC lump sum contractor (S&B) compresses the schedule & may cause inefficient construction & cost escalation.
Benefits – The COVID delay started before site prep and avoided a de-staffing of the project. Based on limited on-site progress, S&B likely hasn’t spent much of their field budget & may have available contingency to support acceleration costs/inefficiencies.

W|EPC’s Recovery Plan shows site labor and progress can support pulling activities back to Q223 with a  probability of success of…. (pgs. 10-13)