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New Robstown Fractionator Gas Plant Fired Up

A bird’s-eye view of an NGL fractionation plant in Robstown near Corpus Christi. EPIC Midstream just completed a new fractionator on the site, which went into operation on Aug. 5. Courtesy photo

The EPIC Midstream greenfield fractionation plant in Robstown is complete, fully commissioned, and in service with the capability of producing up to 110,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day. Greenfield investing is when a company builds its own new abilities from the ground up.

EPIC stands for Eagle Ford, Permian, Ingleside, Corpus Christi. The company was formed in 2017 to build and operate the EPIC Y-Grade Pipeline, a 700-mile, 24-inch NGL pipeline from the Permian Basin in West Texas to the Gulf Coast through the Eagle Ford shale play. The newly completed pipeline can move up to 600,000 barrels of product a day.

“The commissioning of our first greenfield fractionation further demonstrates EPIC’s ability to deliver major projects safely and successfully," EPIC CEO Phillip Mezey said in a statement. “The transaction provides producers and processors in the Permian Basin another (Mont) Belvieu alternative — without the need for a new-build pipeline — while greatly enhancing the connectivity between the Corpus Christi and Sweeny NGL systems.”

Along with completion of the Robstown plant, EPIC made a deal with several other companies that will allow it to extend its existing long-haul 12-inch ethane pipeline from Markham to Sweeny and convert the pipeline to MGL service by the third quarter of 2021. The deal brings direct Y-grade, ethane, and propane connections to the Corpus Christi fractionation complex.

Also, EPIC has executed multi-year contracts with Phillips 66 for NGL and ethane storage, ethane transportation, and fractionation capacity, bringing its total fractionation capacity to 220,000 barrels per day across its Texas Gulf Coast properties.

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