Koch Expands its Eagle Ford Crude Oil Pipeline System

Pipeline Photo
Pipeline Photo

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.

Read more at kochpipeline.com

Kinder Morgan Secures Enough Commitments for Eagle Ford KMCC Pipeline

Kinder Morgan's KMCC and Double Eagle System Map
Kinder Morgan's KMCC and Double Eagle System Map

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.

Read moreKinder Morgan and Magellan Expanding Eagle Ford System to Move Anadarko Crude & Condensate

In January 2014, Kinder Morgan Crude and Condensate LLC and Double Eagle Pipeline LLC (a 50/50 joint venture between KMP and Magellan Midstream Partners) signed an agreement with Anadarko Petroleum to move its' Eagle Ford production to the Houston Ship Channel. Also in January, the company put its' ~$100 million Sweeny lateral into service. This lateral connects KMCC to the Phillips 66 Sweeny refinery south of Houston.

KMP is investing nearly $300-million in additional supply laterals, connections, tanks and truck racks, supported by long-term contracts with customers. The company intends for these projects to enhance the connectivity of the KMCC system to additional Eagle Ford supplies and the Texas Gulf Coast market outlets. Portions of these facilities have been put into service to meet customer demand.

All-together, company officials say Kinder Morgan's investments related to Eagle Ford crude and condensate opportunities currently total $1-billion. Projects in the works are expected to be online over the course of 2014 and the first half of 2015.

Read more at kindermorgan.com

Magellan Midstream Partners Will Spend $250 Million on Condensate Splitter

Magellan Corpus Christi Terminal
Magellan Corpus Christi Terminal

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.

This agreement will provide another outlet for producers of domestic crude and condensate. We believe Corpus Christi is advantaged over other locations and these investments, along with our other assets in the area, are critical to providing long-term solutions for the producers.
— Jeff Kopp, Trafigura AG’s director of North America oil trading.

The need for improved midstream and downstream infrastructure is growing to meet the demands of condensate production in the Eagle Ford. In 2013, the Texas Railroad Commission reported an average of 207,183 b/d of condensate from the play. In January of 2014, condensate production alone was 178,778. That's up drastically from 2011 and 2010 when condensate production was only 80,464 b/d and 18,784 respectively.

Our Corpus Christi terminal is ideally situated to receive condensate from the Eagle Ford shale, including shipments via our Double Eagle pipeline joint venture, and to offer flexible services and a variety of market options for our customer.
— Michael Mears, Magellan’s chief executive officer.

The project also includes construction of more than one million barrels of storage, dock improvements and two additional truck rack bays at Magellan’s terminal. Magellan pipeline connectivity between Magellan’s terminal and Trafigura AG’s nearby facility.

Magellan company officials anticipate the new splitter and infrastructure improvements to be operational during the second half of 2016.

Read more at magellanlp.com

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

MidCon Compression Operations Map
MidCon Compression Operations Map

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.

With this transaction, we continue to deliver on our strategy of growing our core contract operations business,” said Exterran Partners CEO Brad Childers. “Because the units we are acquiring are highly standardized and average less than five years in age, the acquisition is also consistent with our strategy to modernize and standardize our existing fleet.

rior to the deal, MidCon was the service provider for Access MLP Operating, a subsidiary of Access Midstream Partners, in the Eagle Ford, Permian, Barnett, Anadarko, Mississippi Lime, Granite Wash, Woodford, Haynesville and Niobrara Basins.

At the closing of the deal, Exterran will enter a seven year operations agreement with Access Midstream Partners.

We are particularly pleased to establish this significant customer relationship with Access, and we look forward to servicing their contract compression needs for many years to come.
— Exterran Partners Sr. VP, Rob Rice

Exterran Deal Highlights

  • Exterran acquires natural gas compression assets in $360 million deal from MidCon, a subsidiary of Chesapeake
  • Exterran enters seven year operations services agreement with Access at close of deal
  • Service area for acquired assets extends to the Eagle Ford, Permian, Barnett, Anadarko, Mississippi Lime, Granite Wash, Woodford, Haynesville and Niobrara Basins
  • Included in the deal are 334 compression units, with a total horsepower of ~440,000


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

BHP Billiton Logo
BHP Billiton Logo

BHP 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.

Read more at bhpbilliton.com 

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