NuStar Energy L.P. announced the launch of a binding open season by its affiliate, NuStar Crude Oil Pipeline L.P., to assess interest in committed space to transport Eagle Ford Shale crude from several terminal locations on its South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System in Frio, McMullen, and La Salle counties to its Corpus Christi North Beach facility.
The proposed South Texas System Project would include pipeline capacity upgrades to segments of the South Texas System between NuStar’s Gardendale Terminal in La Salle County, TX and NuStar’s Corpus Christi Terminal in Nueces County. It will be constructed in two phases: the first phase will add incremental throughput capacity of 35,000 bpd and the second phase will add incremental throughput capacity of 65,000 bpd, for a total aggregate incremental capacity of 100,000 bpd, of which 90,000 bpd will be available to committed shippers.
Subject to sufficient commitments, regulatory and internal approvals, the South Texas System Project would be in-service in two phases: phase 1 with 30,000 bpd capacity would be available for service to committed shippers in mid-2014 and phase 2 with an additional 60,000 barrels would be available for service to committed shippers in early 2015.
NuStar’s South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline system consists of more than 200 miles of crude transmission and gathering lines spanning from Gardendale in La Salle County and Frio County to Oakville in Live Oak County and continues to Corpus Christi in Nueces County with a capacity to transport 100,000 bopd. Once construction is completed in early 2015, the system will have a targeted transportation capacity of 200,000 bpd.