Construction begins on EPIC NGL Pipeline

December 20, 2017 By    

Construction began on the first phase of the EPIC NGL Pipeline project, a 650-mile pipeline that will run from southeast New Mexico to Corpus Christi, Texas.

The pipeline will have a throughput capacity of at least 375,000 barrels per day once it is fully completed in 2019. It will have multiple origin points in the Delaware and Midland basins.

Destinations include interconnects near Orla, Benedum and Corpus Christi, Texas, where EPIC’s affiliate plans to build a fractionation complex to accommodate the pipeline’s volume. In addition to the fractionator, the company says it will build purity pipeline systems, including an ethane system, which in the first phase will span the upper Gulf Coast into the Markham area.

“The EPIC Y Grade Pipeline provides an efficient solution to shippers’ NGL marketing and transportation needs,” says Justin Gordon, EPIC’s senior vice president of engineering and operations. “Our pipeline will be an NGL ‘superhighway’ providing customers’ volumes from the Permian Basin to Corpus Christi and will better serve the growing needs of the petrochemical and refining sectors along the U.S. Gulf Coast.”

The company plans to have the initial phase of the pipeline in service in early 2018. Additionally, BP has signed on as the anchor shipper and a capital commitment was secured from funds managed by ARES Management LP, according to the company.

The EPIC NGL Pipeline will run side-by-side with the previously announced EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline for most of the route.

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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