Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

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ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS PARTNERS L P filed this Form 10-K on 02/28/2018
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Operating Lease Obligations.  We lease certain property, plant and equipment under noncancelable and cancelable operating leases.  Amounts shown in the preceding table represent minimum cash lease payment obligations under our operating leases with terms in excess of one year.

Our significant lease agreements consist of (i) land held pursuant to right-of-way agreements and property leases, (ii) the lease of underground storage caverns for natural gas and NGLs, (iii) the lease of transportation equipment used in our operations, and (iv) leased office space with affiliates of EPCO.  Currently, our significant lease agreements have terms that range from 5 to 30 years.  The agreements for leased office space with affiliates of EPCO and underground NGL storage caverns we lease from a third party include renewal options that could extend these contracts for up to an additional 20 years.  The remainder of our significant lease agreements do not provide for additional renewal terms.

Lease expense is charged to operating costs and expenses on a straight-line basis over the period of expected economic benefit.  Contingent rental payments are expensed as incurred.  We are generally required to perform routine maintenance on the underlying leased assets.  In addition, certain leases give us the option to make leasehold improvements.  Maintenance and repairs of leased assets resulting from our operations are charged to expense as incurred.  

Consolidated costs and expenses include lease and rental expense amounts of $103.6 million, $110.1 million and $104.3 million during the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Purchase Obligations.  We define purchase obligations as agreements with remaining terms in excess of one year to purchase goods or services that are enforceable and legally binding (i.e., unconditional) on us that specify all significant terms, including: fixed or minimum quantities to be purchased; fixed, minimum or variable price provisions; and the approximate timing of the transactions.  We classify our unconditional purchase obligations into the following categories:

We have long-term product purchase obligations for natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, petrochemicals and refined products with third party suppliers.  The prices that we are obligated to pay under these contracts approximate market prices at the time we take delivery of the volumes.  The preceding table shows our volume commitments and estimated payment obligations under these contracts for the periods presented.  Our estimated future payment obligations are based on the contractual price in each agreement at December 31, 2017 applied to all future volume commitments.  Actual future payment obligations may vary depending on prices at the time of delivery.  

We have long-term commitments to pay service providers.  Our contractual service payment commitments primarily represent our obligations under firm pipeline transportation contracts.  Payment obligations vary by contract, but generally represent a price per unit of volume multiplied by a firm transportation volume commitment.

We have short-term payment obligations relating to our capital spending program, including our share of the capital spending of our unconsolidated affiliates.  These commitments represent unconditional payment obligations for services to be rendered or products to be delivered in connection with capital projects.

Other Commitments
In connection with the agreements to acquire EFS Midstream (see Note 12), we are obligated to spend up to an aggregate of $270 million on specified midstream gathering assets for PXD and Reliance, if requested by these producers, over a ten-year period.  If constructed, these new assets would be owned by us and be a component of the EFS Midstream asset network. As of December 31, 2017, we have spent approximately $151 million of the $270 million commitment.