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Natural Gas August 06, 2020 01:30:12 AM

Epic Midstream Begins Operations at Natural Gas Liquids Plant Near Corpus Christi

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The project is expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2021.
Epic Midstream Begins Operations at Natural Gas Liquids Plant Near Corpus Christi

SEATTLE (Oil Monster): San Antonio pipeline operator Epic Midstream has placed its new natural gas liquids processing plant into service near Corpus Christi.

Known in the industry as a fractionator, the privately held company's $150 million plant in Robstown will receive 110,000 barrels of raw natural gas liquids per day and separate them into their more valuable components such as ethane, propane, butane and pentane.

The majority of natural gas liquids are processed, stored and sold at plants and terminals in Mont Belvieu, a small town about 30 miles east of Houston. Epic is marketing its Robstown facility as an alternative destination for natural gas liquids, which are known in the industry as NGLs.

“The commissioning of our first greenfield fractionator further demonstrates Epic's ability to deliver major projects safely and successfully,” Epic Midstream CEO Phillip Mezey said.  “The transaction provides producers and processors in the Permian Basin another Mt. Belvieu alternative—without the need for a new-build pipeline—while greatly enhancing the connectivity between the Corpus Christi and Sweeny NGL systems.”

On top of putting the Robstown fractionator into service, Epic entered into three deals that will support the company's ability to move natural gas liquids from the Permian Basin of West Texas to the Gulf Coast where they can be processed, exported or used to make plastics and other products.

Financial terms were not disclosed but Epic said the company entered into a multi-year deal with Houston pipeline and refinery operator Phillips 66 to store, move and process raw natural gas liquids and ethane.

Pipeline operators MPLX and WhiteWater Midstream bought a stake in the Epic's natural gas liquids pipeline from the West Texas town of Benedum to the South Texas pipeline hub of Gardendale.

MPLX and WhiteWater also entered into an agreement to use a planned expansion of Epic's pipeline system to move natural gas liquids to the Brazoria County town of Sweeny — where Phillips 66 owns and operates NGL processing plants.

Epic already owns a pipeline to move the plastics ingredient ethane from the Corpus Christi area to underground natural gas liquids storage facilities in the Matagorda County town of Markham.

The expansion project with MPLX and WhiteWater requires the switching that ethane pipeline to natural gas liquids and the construction of a new 12-inch pipeline from Markham to Sweeny.

The project is expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2021.

Courtesy: www.houstonchronicle.com

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