Expansion of the Midland to ECHO crude oil pipeline system was announced by Enterprise Products Partners L.P. The company will build a pipeline that connects the partnership’s 6 million bbl Midland, Texas storage facility to its ECHO Terminal through its Eagle Ford system in South Texas.
The company said it has long-term agreements that will support the expansion. The pipeline will have an initial capacity of 450,000 barrels per day and can be expanded up to 540,000 barrels per day.
The expansion will allow Enterprise to optimize its entire Midland to ECHO system, which will be comprised of four pipelines, by moving barrels in the most cost-efficient manner. It will also enable the partnership to maximize the operational flexibility of the Seminole Red pipeline in either crude oil or natural gas liquid service based on the needs of the respective markets.
This expansion project will also allow customers with crude oil and condensate production in both the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford to maximize the value of their contracted pipeline capacity.