TexStar launches open season for Eagle Ford-to-Corpus Christi oil line

TexStar Midstream Services has launched a binding open season for its TexStar Crude Oil Pipeline LP, transporting Eagle Ford shale crude oil and condensate from various points in Frio, LaSalle, McMullen, and Live Oak counties, Tex., to NuStar’s North Beach Terminal in Corpus Christi.

TexStar is building and will operate a 110-mile, 12- and 8-in. OD pipeline capable of moving 100,000 b/d to Oakville, Tex., where TexStar plans to lease a portion of NuStar Logistics LP’s 16-in. OD pipeline for transit to the terminal (OGJ Online, Apr. 19, 2011). NuStar will also build truck-loading facilities along the pipeline, with storage as necessary.

The North Beach Terminal has roughly 2 million bbl of storage and will be capable of loading ocean going barges and ships. NuStar is also adding about 1 million bbl of new tankage.

TexStar expects the system to enter service by third-quarter 2012, pending sufficient commercial interest and regulatory approvals.

NuStar also reached agreement with Velocity Midstream Partners earlier this year for transport of Velocity’s Eagle Ford production to North Beach Terminal (OGJ Online, June 27, 2011).

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