New Crude Oil pipeline system to be built in Gulf of Mexico


Two pipeline companies have agreed to a 50-50 J-V to build a new 149-mile offshore gathering system in the Gulf of Mexico.

Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD) and Genesis Energy LP (NYSE:GEL) will build the system and Enterprise will be the operator.

The new gathering system will serve the Keathley Canyon area and serve producers Anadarko Petroleum Co. (NYSE:APC), Apache Corp. (NYSE:APA), Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), Eni SpA (NYSE: E), Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE:PBR), and Plains Exploration & Production Co. (NYSE:PXP).

Keathley Canyon was the site of the 1st major Crude Oil discovery in the US Gulf once drilling was reopened following the Macondo well tragedy. Exxon, which made the discovery, has estimated the resource at 700-M bbls.

The Joint Venture, called the Southeast Keathley Canyon Pipeline Co. LLC (SEKCO), plans to build an 18-inch pipeline to transport 115,000 BPD of Crude Oil to a floating production platform and connect to Enterprise's Poseidon pipeline system to move the Oil onshore. The southeast portion of Keathley Canyon is estimated to hold about 300-M bbls of reserves.

Related transactions: Genesis is acquiring a 28% stake in the Poseidon pipeline system from Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE:MRO), as well as a 29% stake in the Odyssey pipeline system which is majority owned and operated by Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS-A) and a 23% stake in the Eugene Island pipeline system owned by a group including Exxon, Shell, Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP). Genesis is paying about $206-M for these 3 acquisitions, which includes about $26-M for the value of the Crude Oil in the pipelines. The Company used its revolving credit facility to finance the purchases.

The SEKCO pipeline system is expected to be in service by mid-Y 2014.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr

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