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First phase of the Epic natural gas pipeline is complete

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Company officials with Epic Y Grade Pipeline LP announced this week that phase one of its natural gas liquid pipeline was complete and operational, with the first product having been introduced to the pipeline back on 12 March.

Epic began construction of the 650 mile pipeline in December 2017 after signing an agreement with BP to anchor the line to the producers' NGL reserves in the Permian and Eagle Ford Basins to the Gulf Coast. Once completed, the pipeline will have a capacity of 350 000 bpd.

The Epic projects consists of three phases: the first phase was relatively small – running from southeast New Mexico into Texas at the Orla terminal. The second project phase is currently underway and will run between the Orla terminal and Crockett County. The third and final phase is expected to start and end in 2019.

The pipeline ends at a fractionator in Corpus Christi, on the Gulf of Mexico. Having a pipeline which runs directly to the coast at Corpus Christi allows for more refined products to 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 also run to the Port of Corpus Christi. The pipeline will carry an estimated 550 000 bpd of initial capacity from the Permian and Eagle Ford Basins to refining and export markets in and around the globe.

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