Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. will expand its South Texas crude oil pipeline system with the installation of an additional 24 mile pipeline in San Patricio County. The new pipeline will have an expected initial capacity of approximately 200,000 barrels per day (bpd).
“We are seeing additional opportunities with the Eagle Ford shale play and this new pipeline will help us move domestic crude to the U.S. market more efficiently by using a combination of new and existing pipeline infrastructure,” said Bob O’Hair, executive vice president of Koch Pipeline. “South Texas is an important area for Koch Pipeline and we’ll continue to invest in it to ensure we have a system that meets the shippers’ needs in terms of capacity and reliability.”
Koch Pipeline currently operates about 540 miles of active crude oil transportation lines in Texas. The new 16-inch pipeline is expected to begin service in the second quarter of 2014.
“Pipelines are one of the safest ways to transport crude oil and Koch Pipeline is one of the largest pipeline transporters of South Texas crude. We have ongoing programs to ensure that the pipeline systems operate efficiently, safely and in compliance with applicable regulations,” O’Hair said.
The company has received numerous awards for its environmental, health and safety excellence, including the API Distinguished Safety and Environmental Performance Award for large pipeline operators.