Pipeline operator Epic Midstream Holdings LP shipped its first crude oil on its pipeline capable of moving 400,000 barrels per day from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast, Reuters reported Aug. 15, citing unnamed traders.
Epic became the second company to place online a major pipeline from the Permian to Corpus Christi, Texas, this year after Plains All American Pipeline LP began initial operations at its Cactus II pipeline, according to the report.
Moda Midstream LLC, a liquids terminaling and logistics company backed by private equity firm EnCap Flatrock Midstream, will reportedly receive the Permian crude from the Epic pipeline at its Ingleside, Texas, terminal by Aug. 16.
The Epic pipeline is said to be one of the new lines expected to help ease a crude bottleneck that has weighed on prices in the basin for over a year. Epic did not immediately respond to requests for comment, the newswire said.
In late July, Epic President Brian Freed told Reuters that the company has started to fill the crude pipeline, with first delivery expected in the third quarter. The pipeline operator also kicked off construction on a second dock at its Corpus Christi terminal, which would be able to load tankers known as Suezmax tankers that carry up to 1 million barrels of oil, Freed said.