Coastal expands refined products distribution system

Coastal Corp. affiliate Coastal Liquids Partners LP is expanding its Rio Grande Valley refined products distribution system by 30%, company officials announced Monday. Work has already started on the expansion, which will provide additional gasoline and diesel for the fast-growing market along the Texas-Mexico border.


Coastal Corp. affiliate Coastal Liquids Partners LP is expanding its Rio Grande Valley refined products distribution system by 30%, company officials announced Monday.

Work has already started on that expansion, which will provide additional gasoline and diesel for the fast-growing market along the Texas-Mexico border. However, Coastal officials would not give out any numbers on the system's old or new capacities for competitive reasons. They also would not say what they're spending on the project.

A truck-loading terminal at Edinburg, Tex., will be expanded, and horsepower will be added at three pump stations along a pipeline system that originates in Corpus Christi. The terminal and pipeline have been in operation since March 1999.

That pipeline will continue to carry all grades of gasoline and diesel from Corpus Christi refineries to the Edinburg terminal.

The expansion should be completed by the end of this year. Coastal anticipates additional expansions as that area continues its economic growth, stimulated by the North American Free Trade Agreement, officials said.

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