Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline announced last week that it plans to construct two new Delaware Basin pipelines and related gathering systems. The pipelines will allow Plains All American to expand its existing Blacktip station with the construction of a 20-inch loop line from Blacktip station to Wink. This new infrastructure will support Plains’ previously announced 24-inch pipeline loop from Wink to Midland and new 12-inch pipeline from Monahans to Crane.
The new pipelines will be referred to as the Avalon Extension and the State Line, both of which are backed by producer commitments. The 32-mile, 12-inch Avalon Extension pipeline will extend the Avalon pipeline from the Avalon station in northwest Loving County to the Blacktip station in the southeast Loving County into Culberson County and is capable of transporting up to 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The pipeline and two new truck unloading facilities will be brought into service in phases beginning in July with total system completion scheduled for September.
The 60-mile, 16-inch State Line pipeline will connect Culberson County to Wink, running along the Texas-New Mexico border. State Line will connect Delaware Basin production in southern Eddy and Lea counties in New Mexico and northern Loving, Reeves and Culberson counties in Texas to the existing network of Plains’ Permian Basin assets. The pipeline will be capable of transporting up to 150,000 bpd of batched crude oil and condensate. State Line will be brought into service in phases beginning in early 2016.