Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has placed its 416-mile Midland-to-Sealy Pipeline in service with an expanded capacity of 540,000 bpd and capable of transporting batched grades of crude oil and condensate. With the completion of incremental tankage, as well as infrastructure and operating enhancements, the pipeline has an expected capacity of 575,000 bpd, which is expected to come online in May and is fully subscribed under long-term contracts.
At its terminus in Sealy, Texas, the pipeline connects directly to the company’s 36-inch Rancho II crude oil pipeline, which extends to the 7.4 million barrel ECHO crude oil terminal in southeast Houston. The completion of the Midland-to-ECHO pipeline system offers a fully integrated solution allowing Permian Basin producers to deliver multiple grades of crude oil all the way to the Gulf Coast, including West Texas Intermediate, Light West Texas Intermediate, West Texas Sour and Condensate.
Supporting Enterprise’s Permian Basin solution is a strategic aggregation program that includes construction of a 143-mile pipeline system, which is expected to transport more than 300,000 bpd of crude oil and condensate from the Delaware Basin into Enterprise’s Midland Terminal. The project is on schedule for completion in July 2018 and is supported by long-term commitments with shippers.
“With crude oil production from the Permian Basin projected to grow by approximately 60 percent to more than 5 million bpd over the next four years, Enterprise’s pipeline system from Midland to Houston provides customers with much needed flow assurance and market choices,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, chief executive officer of Enterprise’s general partner. “From our ECHO terminal, customers can access the major Gulf Coast refineries in the Houston, Texas City and Beaumont/Port Arthur areas, which represent more than 4 million bpd of capacity, as well as Enterprise’s extensive network of deepwater docks. As crude oil production continues to grow, access to the water has never been more important, and Enterprise is well positioned to facilitate the growing global demand for U.S. production.”