The great pipe­line race

Houston Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

The race is on to con­nect the Per­mian Basin, where pro­duc­tion of oil, nat­u­ral gas and nat­u­ral gas liq­uids is at an all-time high, to re­fin­ing, chem­i­cal and ex­port hubs along the Gulf Coast. The lack of pipe­lines is ex­pected to slow the growth of the West Texas oil field as pro­duc­ers are forced to dis­count crude be­cause of the dif­fi­cul­ties of get­ting it to mar­ket.

Com­pa­nies of all sizes, pub­lic and pri­vate, are plan­ning to spend more than $40 bil­lion to build or ex­pand al­most 10,000 miles of pipe­lines — long enough to stretch from West Texas to China. The first of the new pipe­line projects is ex­pected to come on­line next year; oth­ers won’t be­gin op­er­a­tions un­til 2020. The map above de­tails the ma­jor projects that are un­der­way or pro­posed.

Ken El­lis / Staff

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