NuStar Energy has completed three key pipeline projects that significantly expand its capacity to move products to Corpus Christi and Northern Mexico.
The company recently completed a project connecting its existing 16-inch pipeline in South Texas to the Plains Cactus II pipeline that transports WTI volumes from the Permian Basin to South Texas. It also completed the second stage of its WTI export project, a new eight-mile 30-inch pipeline to transport crude oil from a connection to the Plains Cactus II long-haul pipeline in Taft, Texas, to its Corpus Christi terminal.
NuStar is also building 600,000 barrels of additional storage at the Corpus Christi terminal, which will bring its total capacity to 3.9 million barrels. This project is expected to be completed in December 2019.
Brad Barron, NuStar president and CEO, says: 'We are very excited about the continued growth of our South Texas Crude System, which is once again experiencing throughput at near the historically high levels we saw in the Eagle Ford's heyday in 2015, and the increased utilisation of our Corpus Christi export terminal, which is now handling the leading edge of the impending wave of Permian long-haul crude oil.
Additionally, the company is moving volumes on its newly expanded Valley Pipeline System in South Texas after increasing the system's capacity to supply refined products from Corpus Christ to the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico. The expansion doubles the pipeline's capacity to 90,000 barrels per day.
NuStar also began moving volumes of diesel into Northern Mexico following the reactivation of its existing refined products pipeline connecting its Laredo Terminal in South Texas and its Nuevo Lardeo Terminal in Mexico. The company is currently building additional tankage and truck loading bays at the Nuevo Lardeo Terminal, all of which are expected to be completed in February 2020.
'We are pleased we were able to utilize and expand existing assets to help address the supply imbalance in Northern Mexico that is expected to continue growing and exceeding that country's infrastructure.
'It is an amazing coincidence that all three of these projects, each of which has been years in the making, all began moving volumes within 24 hours of each other.'
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