Another pipeline project’s going to be built moving oil out of the Eagle Ford play in west Texas. The announcement’s been made by Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. It will be a new condensate gathering system for their Three Rivers terminal that will double the mainlilne capacity on the Eagle Ford Joint Venture Pipeline to Corpus Christi.
The pipeline’s a 50-50 joint venture between Plains and Enterprise and supplies the Houston-area market through the connection to the Enterprise Crude Pipeline terminal in Wilson County, Texas. Plains All-American already has massive pipelines from Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma and from the Cushing tank farm southwest to Wichita Falls, Texas and into the Eagle Ford play.
The firms plan to construct a new gathering system with nearly 55 miles of gathering and trunkline pipeline that will connect Karnes county and Live Oak County production areas to the Three Rivers terminal. They will also build another 70 miles of 20-inch pipeline from Three Rivers to Corpus Christi and expand storage and pumping capacity at Three Rivers.
The new pipeline also means Plains and Enterprise will build a new terminal on the Corpus Christi ship channel to support the increased volumes to be shipped by pipeline to the region. The dock, according to the announcement, will have the capacity to handle a variety of ocean-going vessels and should be operational by 2017.