Crosstex Energy LP is increasing capacity to transload crude oil from rail cars to both barges and pipelines at its Riverside fractionation facility in southern Louisiana to roughly 14,500 b/d from about 4,500 b/d. Crosstex expects to complete work on the Phase II expansion project at Riverside first-quarter 2013. A long-term supply agreement fully underwrites the expansion.
The Phase II development will include storage tanks, upgraded pipeline connections, and improved Mississippi River barge delivery capabilities. The Phase I modification of the Riverside facility, which allowed transloading crude as well as natural gas liquids from rail to barge, entered service in January.
Crosstex estimates the expansion project’s cost at $16 million.
Crosstex is also building its 130-mile, Cajun-Sibon NGL pipeline extension, which it hopes to put in service first-half 2013 (OGJ Online, Feb. 8, 2012).
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