Koch plans Eagle Ford crude oil pipeline

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Apr. 12 -- Koch Pipeline Company LP plans to build an intrastate crude oil pipeline in Texas extending from Pettus to Corpus Christi that will transport production from the Eagle Ford shale. Current plans include a 20-in. OD line, currently in the permitting and right-of-way acquisition phase and expected to be complete mid-2012.

Koch says the pipeline will increase its system capacity in the region to about 250,000 b/d.

Completion of the line is timed with affiliate Flint Hills Resources’ updates to an Ingleside terminal capable of shipping up to 200,000 b/d of production via barge to other Gulf Coast markets.

Koch Pipeline is also constructing a station near Helena in Karnes County along with connections to tank batteries in Karnes and DeWitt counties and a 16-in. OD, 120,000 b/d pipeline from Helena to Pettus. This pipeline will connect to the 20-in. line at Pettus and be expandable to more than 200,000 b/d. Koch expects to complete this line by late 2012 (OGJ Online, Dec. 17, 2010).

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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