San Antonio pipeline operator Epic Midstream has commissioned its new natural gas liquid treatment facility near Corpus Christi.
Known in the industry as a fractionator, the privately-owned Robstown facility, known in the industry as a fractionator, receives 110,000 barrels of raw natural gas liquids daily and separates them into their more valuable components such as ethane, propane, butane and pentane.
Most of the 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 known in the industry as NGLs.
“The commissioning of our first greenfield fractionator further shows that Epic is able to safely and successfully execute large projects,” said Phillip Mezey, CEO of Epic Midstream. “The transaction offers producers and processors in the Permian Basin another mountain. Belvieu alternative – without the need for a newly built pipeline – while significantly improving connectivity between the Corpus Christi and Sweeny NGL systems. “
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In addition to commissioning the Robstown Fractionator, Epic has signed three contracts that support the company’s ability to move natural gas liquids from the Permian Basin in west Texas to the Gulf Coast for processing, export, or used to make plastics can use other products.
Financial details were not disclosed, but Epic said the company has entered into a multi-year contract with pipeline and refiner operator Phillips 66 in Houston to store, move and process crude natural gas liquids and ethane.
Pipeline operators MPLX and WhiteWater Midstream have acquired a stake in the Epic’s natural gas liquid pipeline from the western Texas city of Benedum to the southern Texas pipeline hub Gardendale.
MPLX and WhiteWater have also reached an agreement to use a proposed expansion of Epic’s Pipic system to transport natural gas liquids to the town of Sweeny, Brazoria County, where Phillips owns and operates 66 NGL processing facilities.
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Epic already has a pipeline to move the plastic component ethane from the Corpus Christi area to underground natural gas liquid storage facilities in the town of Markham, Matagorda County.
The expansion project with MPLX and WhiteWater requires the conversion of this 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 completed in the third quarter of 2021.