Epic Midstream Holdings obtained all required approvals for its subsidiary Epic Crude Oil Pipeline, through a lease arrangement, to begin crude oil service on a portion of the Epic NGL Pipeline, once construction is completed in the third quarter of 2019.
Because of high customer demand for crude oil transportation, EPIC made the decision to use the third and final phase of its Epic NGL Pipeline from Crane to Corpus Christi, TX, for crude oil service while its crude oil pipeline and NGL fractionator remain under construction. The NGL Pipeline will convert back to NGL service by January 2020.
The portion of the NGL line being placed into crude service will originate in Crane,TX, with an additional injection point in Wink, TX, and will have multiple terminal and refinery connections in Corpus Christi and Ingleside. The 24-inch NGL line will have a capacity of 400 Mbpd for its interim crude service. The construction of the final phase of the EPIC NGL Pipeline is progressing on time with three contractors working on the project over five spreads of the pipeline path.
Because of its commercial success, EPIC will upsize its pipeline from a 24-inch line to a 30-inch line, expanding its Permian Basin capacity to 600 Mbpd. With the installation of additional pumps and storage, EPIC can increase the 30-inch capacity to 900 Mbpd.
The EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline will run side-by-side with the EPIC NGL Pipeline with the crude line expected to be completed by January 2020.