TPA: Pipeline Industry Has Positive Economic Impact on Texas

Eagle Ford Midstream Activity Going Strong in 2014
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Pipeline Being Laid | Click to Enlarge

As development continues to grow in the Eagle Ford Shale and in West Texas’ Permian Basin, the need for additional midstream infrastructure has also grown. Not surprisingly, the pipeline industry has benefited in conjunction with the boom, and according to a new study, Texas and its’ people have as well.

In a recently released Texas Tech University study, commissioned by the Texas Pipeline Association (TPA), the state’s oil and gas pipeline industry purportedly provided $33-billion in overall economic impact, and supported more than 165,000 jobs in 2013. During the same time frame, the study claims industry provided for $18.7-billion in gross state revenue, and injected $1.6-billion in state and local revenue taxes.

“Due to a dramatic increase in the state’s oil and gas production, the demand for additional pipelines is expected to continually increase in the coming years. The communities that are home to pipeline projects are perfectly poised to see economic benefit from the industry in terms of more jobs and increased tax revenues,” said TPA President Thure Cannon.

According to the study’s conservative estimates, pipeline operations and construction will contribute $374-billion in total economic output, and sustain 171,000 jobs annually for the next decade. During the same time frame, the study estimates $212-billion in additional gross state product and $19.5-billion in state and local government revenues.

Eagle Ford Midstream Activity

During 2014, several midstream/pipeline projects have been announced for the Eagle Ford. See below for links to recent stories:

Devon Subsidiary Constructing New Eagle Ford Oil Pipeline

Ultimate Capacity of 100,000 b/d
Victoria Express Pipeline

Victoria Express Pipeline |Click to Enlarge

Victoria Express Pipeline LLC (VEX), a subsidiary of Devon Energy, is constructing a 56.4 mile long pipeline from the Blackhawk central delivery point in DeWitt County, Texas to the inlet of Devon Gas Services’s terminal at the Port of Victoria. The 12-inch pipeline is expected to come online July 1, 2014, with an ultimate capacity of 100,000 b/d.

In late 2013, Devon Energy agreed to pay GeoSouthern $6-billion for 82,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale play. In the first quarter of 2014, the company said its net daily production in the Eagle Ford was 64,000 boe/d. In the second quarter, the company anticipates it will average between 65,000 and 70,000 boe/d, with more than 100,000 boe/d by next year.

Eagle Ford producers need to continuously think about how they will get their production to the refining market as activity in the play continues to grow. Wood Mackenzie recently released information stating production from the Eagle Ford Shale will reach 2-million b/d by 2020.

Read more: Devon Banking on High Returns from Eagle Ford Investment

VEX is currently conducting a binding open season to attract companies for long term commitments in exchange for access to priority capacity. The open season will end on June 19, 2014.

VEX is also constructing an additional receipt point eight miles north of Victoria in Victoria County, Texas. The company may add an additional destination point at Point Comfort in Calhoun County, Texas.

Koch Expands its Eagle Ford Crude Oil Pipeline System

New Pipeline Will Have Expected Initial Capacity of Approximately 200,000 b/d
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Pipeline Being Laid | Click to Enlarge

In May of 2014, Koch Pipeline Company announced it will expand its Eagle Ford crude oil pipeline system. The installation includes an additional 24-mile, 16-inch pipeline in San Patricio County, which is located near the Texas Gulf Coast, next to Corpus Christi, TX. Company officials say the new pipeline will have an expected initial capacity of approximately 200,000 b/d.

“We are seeing additional opportunities with the Eagle Ford shale play and this new pipeline will help us move domestic crude to the U.S. market more efficiently by using a combination of new and existing pipeline infrastructure,” said Bob O’Hair, EVP of Koch Pipeline. “South Texas is an important area for Koch Pipeline and we’ll continue to invest in it to ensure we have a system that meets the shippers’ needs in terms of capacity and reliability.”

In 2012, the company completed a 20-inch crude oil pipeline between Pettus, TX in Bee County and Corpus Christi, TX. The installation at its onset transported approximately 250,000 b/d of Karnes County area Eagle Ford production.

Read more: Koch Eagle Ford Shale Pipeline Going Forward

Koch’s Proposed Bakken Shale Pipeline Cancelled

Koch, which has both Northern and Southern operations, recently attempted to gain a foothold in another major play, but was unsuccessful. In January of 2014, the company withdrew its proposal to build a 250,000 b/d crude oil pipeline in the Bakken Shale, in North Dakota, after not being able to secure enough commitments. The cancellation of this pipeline was surprising because more than 500,000 b/d currently moves out of the Bakken area  by rail.

Read more: Koch Cancels Proposed Bakken Pipeline – “Dakota Express Pipeline”

The company currently operates a 304-mile pipeline owned by Minnesota Pipe Line Company, LLC that delivers Canadian and Rockies crude oil, including Bakken, from Clearbrook, Minn., to refineries in the Twin Cities. In Texas, Koch operates about 540 miles of active crude oil transportation lines. The new Eagle Ford crude oil pipeline expansion is expected to come online in the second quarter of 2014.


Kinder Morgan Secures Enough Commitments for Eagle Ford KMCC Pipeline

Company Officials Say Kinder Morgan's Investments in Eagle Ford Crude and Condensate Total $1 Billion
Kinder Morgan's KMCC and Double Eagle System Map

Kinder Morgan’s KMCC and Double Eagle System Map | Click to Enlarge

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) says it has secured long-term commitments for more than two-thirds of the 300,000 b/d capacity on its Kinder Morgan Crude and Condensate (KMCC) pipeline. The pipeline connects Eagle Ford crude and condensate to the Houston Ship Channel.



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Magellan Midstream Partners Will Spend $250 Million on Condensate Splitter

Eagle Ford Condensate Production Was 207,183 b/d in 2013
Magellan Corpus Christi Terminal

Magellan Corpus Christi Terminal | Click to Enlarge

Magellan Midstream Partners announced in late March plans to build a condensate splitter and make infrastructure improvements to its’ Corpus Christi terminal for $250 million. According to company officials, the splitter will be able to process 50,000 b/d of condensate, supported by a long-term commitment from commodities trader Trafigura AG.

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Exterran Acquires Eagle Ford Gas Compression Assets from Chesapeake in $360 Million Deal

Exterran Enters Seven Year Agreement with Access Midstream Partners
MidCon Compression Operations Map

MidCon Compression Operations Map | Click to Enlarge

Exterran Partners will spend $360 million to acquire natural gas compression assets from MidCon Compression, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy. These assets will be used by Exterran to provide contract services in the Eagle Ford and other domestic plays.

Included in the deal are 334 compression units, with a total horsepower of ~440,000.

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Portions of BHP’s Eagle Ford Gathering System Closed Due to Corrosion

$1.8 Billion in Eagle Ford Spending Planned from January to June

BHP Billiton LogoBHP Billiton reported in February 2014 that portions of its Eagle Ford gathering system have been temporarily closed due to corrosion. The cause of the corrosion issue is at present being evaluated by the company.

The gathering system closure was revealed in BHP’s December 2013 financial report of Petrohawk. BHP is required to report operations updates and financial results to Petrohawk’s debt holders, after acquiring the company in 2011.

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BHP Eagle Ford Gathering Line Closure Operations Impact

According to BHP, production is continuing in the Eagle Ford, despite the interruption from the line closure. The company has increased the use of trucking to deliver product to market, and claims that there should be no significant impact on production.

BHP Eagle Ford Expenditures To Go Down in 2014

Onshore U.S. drilling and development cost BHP $2.4 billion in the second half of 2013. About 75% of this expense or $1.8 billion was spent in the Eagle Ford, mostly in the company’s liquids-rich Black Hawk acreage. The company achieved a 72% increase in production for onshore US liquids in the second half of 2013, which was primarily attributable to the Black Hawk acreage.

In 2014, expenditures are expected to decrease in the second half of the financial year, following a 35% decrease in the company’s active rig count to 26.

BHP Eagle Ford Highlights in Second Half of 2013

  • Eagle Ford gathering line system closed due to corrosion
  • BHP using trucks to deliver product to market
  • $1.8 billion Eagle Ford spending in second half of 2013
  • 72% increase in production for onshore US liquids
  • Active rig count down to 26 – 35% decrease

Phillips 66 Approves Funding for Two Midstream Projects in Southeast Texas – $3 Billion

Projects Will Create 50 Full-Time and 1,000 Temporary Construction Jobs
Sweeny, TX Refinery Phillips 66

Sweeny, TX Refinery Phillips 66 | Click to Enlarge

Funding for two Southeast Texas midstream projects was approved in early February 2014 by Phillips 66′s board of directors. Costs for the construction of a fractionator in Old Ocean, TX, announced in August of 2013, and a liquefied petroleum gas export terminal in Freeport, TX, are an estimated $3 billion combined.

According to Phillip’s 66, the projects will create more than 50 full-time jobs and over 1,000 temporary construction jobs.

Read morePhillips 66 Plans Gulf Coast Fractionator

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Valero Refinery Expansions Pushed Forward by Eagle Ford Production Growth – $730 Million

Valero Will Spend $730 Million on Two Expansions Along the Gulf Coast
Valero Refinery Map

Valero Refinery Map – Partial | Click to Enlarge

Valero plans to build crude topping units at its Corpus Christi, TX refinery and its refinery in Houston.

The two expansions come with a price tag of $730 million, but will likely be needed if the growth of light-sweet crude oil from areas like the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basin continue.

Read more: Valero Houston Refinery Expanding for Eagle Ford Crude [Read more...]

Kinder Morgan & Magellan Expanding Eagle Ford System to Move Anadarko Crude & Condensate

Pumping Station, Storage, and 10 Miles of Pipe Will Be Added for $45 Million
Double Eagle Pipeline Eagle Ford System Map

Double Eagle Pipeline Eagle Ford System Map | Click to Enlarge

Double Eagle Pipeline, a partnership between Kinder Morgan and Magellan Midstream, is expanding to move more crude and condensate to the Houston Ship Channel.

Double Eagle Pipeline has signed an agreement with Anadarko Petroleum to extend its pipeline system and connect with the KMCC Pipeline to move crude to the Houston Ship Channel.

Also read: Kinder Morgan Expanding Its Eagle Ford Crude & Condensate Pipeline Into Karnes County [Read more...]