Epic Pipeline’s 700-Mile Project Will Use U.S. Steel to Move Crude and Remain on Original Schedule

Epic Midstream Holdings is still on track to start moving crude oil from West Texas’s Permian Basin to the port of Corpus Christi by this fall and will use steel sourced by U.S. mills.

The plan, which was originally announced in October, will have the company temporarily using its natural gas liquids pipeline to ship crude oil starting the third quarter.

All the needed mainline right of way has been secured for the construction of a separate crude oil pipeline along the route of natural gas liquids pipeline.

Delivery of the 30-inch pipeline required to build the 700-mile project is expected to take place later this month.

The Epic Crude Oil Pipeline runs from Orla, Pecos, Saragosa, Cane, Wink and Midland in the Permian Basin to Gardendale and Helena in the Eagle Ford Shale to the Port of Corpus Christi.

Shortly after delivery, construction of the pipeline is expected to begin and be completed by January 2020.


Flames Break Out at Plains All American Wichita Falls Station

A single crude storage tank at the Plains All American Pipeline Wichita Falls Station broke out into flames on Tuesday morning, the company said.

Personnel and contractors were accounted for, according to the company. It is unclear whether or not there have been any injuries despite first responders being on site.

The company did not specify if other operations were affected by the fire.

Wichita Falls is a crude injection point in north Texas along Plain’s Basin Pipeline. It runs from the Permian Basin to the oil storage hub at Cushing, Okla.

The pipeline was flowing at a rate of nearly 409,000 barrels per day at the time it was shut after decreasing in power consumption around 7:00 A.M. ET, market intelligence firm Genscape said in a notice.

The Basin pipeline has a capacity of 450,000 bpd, Genscape said.

“Plains really hasn’t said much to the shippers so unless it’s going to be shut for a while, I don’t think there’ll be much market impact,” said one trader who buys oil off the pipeline.

Plains did not respond to a request for comment on the Basin pipeline closure.