Philips 66 Enters Joint Venture to Build $2.5 Billion Red Oak Pipeline

Phillips 66 has teamed up with Plains All American Pipeline LP to construct the $2.5 billion Red Oak Pipeline system that will deliver crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, and the Permian Basin in West Texas to Corpus Christi, Ingleside, Houston and Beaumont, Texas.

The plan is to build a 30-inch pipeline from Cushing to Wichita Falls and Sealy, Texas. It also will build a 30-inch pipeline segment from Sealy to Corpus Christi and Ingleside and a 20-inch pipeline segment from Sealy to Houston and Beaumont.

The company expects to commence initial service as early as the first quarter of 2021. As per the release, Plains will handle project construction and Phillips 66 will operate the pipeline.

“Red Oak represents a capital-efficient industry solution that will utilize existing assets and provide pull-through benefits to our systems,” Willie Chiang, CEO of Plains All American, said in the release. “We look forward to working closely with Phillips 66 and our committed shippers to bring Red Oak into service and further optimize our assets upstream and downstream of the new pipeline system. We also look forward to creating jobs and supporting economic growth in Oklahoma and Texas.”


Enterprise Products Partners Talks of Expanding Capacity of its Midland-to-Sealy Crude Pipeline

Enterprise Products Partners said on Wednesday that plans are underway to potentially expand capacity on its Midland-to-Sealy crude oil pipeline by more than 20 percent as a way to transport even more oil from the booming Permian Basin.

Flows on the pipeline averaged 330,000 barrels per day when it came online in November and are expected to hit 450,000 barrels per day as soon as April when the pipeline is fully operational.

The company said studies are being done to measure exactly how much the pipeline capacity can be increased. Currently the company has an increased estimate of 540,000 to 550,000 barrels per day.

Enterprise's announcement to potentially increase capacity on its Midland-to-Sealy pipeline comes as ExxonMobil and other players map out growth for Permian operations, which would demand more transport to move the crude to refining and export facilities near the Gulf Coast.

Enterprise is also building an ethylene pipeline from Mont Belvieu to Bayport, Texas and expects the project to be in service in 2020.