Knight Warrior LLC has reached agreements to build its 160-mile, 100,000-b/d pipeline linking the East Texas Eaglebine-Woodbine crude oil play to Houston refining and export markets. Knight Warrior awarded Hatch Mott MacDonald LLC the project’s engineering and design contract, with Contract Land Staff LLC performing land management and Apex Titan environmental services.
The 16-in. OD Knight Warrior East Texas project will start in Madison County, Tex., continuing south through Walker, Grimes, Montgomery, and Harris counties. Initial loading stations will be near North Zulch, Tex., and Madisonville, Tex., with a third planned near Roans Prairie, Tex., to accommodate anticipated production growth. The pipeline will be expandable to 200,000 b/d and be able to segregate and batch its crude shipments.
The company expects the pipeline to begin operations second-quarter 2016. Shipper commitments, including Vitol and SEI Energy LLC, support the project. Knight Warrior East Texas will cost roughly $300 million.
Knight Warrior LLC is owned by Blueknight Energy Partners LP, a joint venture of Vitol, which also owns 50% of its general partner, and SEI. It was initially targeting March 2016 completion (OGJ Online, Aug. 8, 2014).