Koch Pipeline has started up operations at its Helena terminal in Karnes County, Texas, and is now receiving Eagle Ford crude oil, according to the company.
This new terminal is serving a growing area of Eagle Ford production," said Kim Penner, president of Koch Pipeline.
"The terminal will allow more efficient transportation of crude oil by eliminating the distance trucks have to travel. The crude oil will be transported from Helena to Pettus via a new 16-inch pipeline to be commissioned soon. That 24-mile pipeline ties into our existing lines in Pettus for transportation to Ingleside and Corpus Christi."
Six Koch employees support this terminal and the new line. The company has added 24 employees at its Corpus Christi operations headquarters and has 29 positions open, it said.
"We need more talent," said Larry Van Horn, vice president of South Texas operations. "From operators to inspectors to engineers, Eagle Ford is creating career opportunities with Koch Pipeline."
With this new 16-inch pipeline, and the other investments Koch Pipeline has made in terminals, lines and lease agreements with other companies, the company says it will have increased transportation capability significantly into Corpus Christi and Ingleside.
"We are also working with producers to develop gathering lines, either to common tank batteries or through tie-ins to our existing system," Penner said.
Koch Pipeline's 20-inch line from Karnes County to San Patricio County that ultimately will tie into Ingleside is progressing, the company said. The line is expected to be in service in mid-2012.
Koch says it is the largest transporter of South Texas crude oil.