Epic NGL pipeline reaches milestone

Posted at 9:30 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 22:30:32-04

Crews recently passed a milestone in the construction of a pipeline for natural gas liquids that will terminate here in Corpus Christi.

Epic Pipeline announced Monday that Phase One of its natural gas liquid pipeline was finished and operational.

Phase One was relatively small, running from Southeast New Mexico into Texas at the Orla terminal.  Phase Two, which is underway, runs between Orla and Crockett County.  That phase should be done by this July.

When the pipeline is finished it will run about 650 miles, ending here in Corpus Christi, at a fractionators, which Epic is building.

A fractionator takes the natural gas liquid and makes butane, propane, and other gasses.

By having a pipeline which runs to Corpus Christi, more refined products will hit the market quicker and cut transportation costs.

"The problem has been getting it all together in a timely fashion to get it to Corpus Christi," said Bruce Kates, Epic Vice President for Communications.  "The pipeline makes it more efficient, moves it faster, keeps the trucks off the highways, and gets the product out to where it’s needed to make energy."

Epic is building the NGL pipeline alongside a 700-mile crude oil pipeline, which will run to the Port of Corpus Christi.

Both pipelines are scheduled to be finished in the second half of 2019.