NuStar, TexStar to build Eagle Ford-Corpus Christi oil line

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Apr. 19 -- NuStar Logistics LP and TexStar Midstream Services LP will develop a pipeline system to transport Eagle Ford shale crude and condensate to Corpus Christi. TexStar will build and operate a 65-mile, 12-in. OD pipeline capable of carrying 120,000 b/d from Frio County to Three Rivers, Tex. TexStar will also build at least two truck unloading facilities along the pipeline to gather oil produced in Atascosa, Frio, LaSalle, McMullen, and Live Oak counties.

At Three Rivers, the TexStar pipeline will interconnect with a storage facility to be built by NuStar, connected to its existing 16-in. OD, 200,000-b/d pipeline delivering into its 2 million-bbl Corpus Christi North Beach terminal. The Port of Corpus Christi Authority recently approved a land lease option agreement for 15 acres contiguous to the existing property, allowing for the facility’s potential expansion.

TexStar and NuStar expect to complete construction and begin service on the projects in second-quarter 2012.

Both Harvest Pipeline Co. and Koch Pipeline Co. LP also have announced recent expansion plans for their Eagle Ford-Corpus Christi crude transport capacities (OGJ, Apr. 18, 2011, Newsletter).

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

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