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Construction starts on EPIC NGL pipeline

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Construction has begun for what's being called the "natural gas super-highway." The 650 mile long pipeline called the EPIC NGL Pipeline spans from New Mexico through Texas to Corpus Christi.

The natural gas pipeline is expected to produce 375 000 bpd and will be run by EPIC Y Grade Pipeline in connection with BP Energy. Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association said to press: "The unique thing about the Coastal Bend region is you have the port which is the anchor. So you have Eagle Ford Shale coming to the port, Permian Basin coming to the port and it's going to mean good things for this community for a long time."

Construction on the pipeline is expected to be finished in early 2019 and will serve multiple points in the Delaware and Midland basins. A portion of the new pipeline project will be in service by early 2018.

EPIC Pipeline Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations Justin Gordon called the project an "NGL Superhighway" that will serve the growing needs of petrochemical plants and refineries along the Gulf Coast.

“The EPIC Y Grade Pipeline provides an efficient solution to shippers’ NGL marketing and transportation needs," Gordon said in a statement.

BP Energy Company is already on board as an anchor client and funding for the project has been provided by ARES Management LP. The completed NGL pipeline will have interconnects in hubs such as Orla, Benedum and Corpus Christi. The 650 mile pipeline will run side-by-side with the previously announced EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline for most of its route.

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