Natural gas liquids pipelines begin service to Gulf Coast

The turbo expander is a key component for the operation of the West Beaumont Plant of DCP Midstream Friday June 8, 2012 in Beaumont, TX.

The turbo expander is a key component for the operation of the West Beaumont Plant of DCP Midstream Friday June 8, 2012 in Beaumont, TX.

Two natural gas liquids pipelines covering more than 1,500 miles have begun service to the Gulf Coast.

The pipelines, owned in partnership by DCP Midstream, Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy, carry natural gas liquids from the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale and the mid-continent to the coast.

The Sand Hills Pipeline is a 720-mile pipeline from the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale.

The 800-mile Southern Hills Pipeline stretches from the mid-continent to the hub at Mont Belvieu.

Lisa Newkirk, a spokeswoman for DCP Midstream, said the pipeline orginates at the company’s National Helium plant in Liberal, Kan..

DCP Midstream: Company ramping up infrastructure for natural gas

Both pipelines have been in service for several months but the companies only announced Monday that service had begun.

Wouter van Kempen, chairman, president and CEO of DCP Midstream, said the pipelines provide a solution for critical transportation needs in key producing regions.

“DCP Midstream will have an integrated NGL pipeline system, consisting of Sand Hills and Southern Hills as well as our interests in the Front Range and Texas Express pipelines, that connect our gathering and processing systems located in most of the major … shale plays to growing Gulf Coast markets,” he said in a written statement.

The Sand Hills Pipeline began taking flows in the fourth quarter of 2012. It will ramp up to a capacity of more than 200,000 barrels per day after completion of initial pump stations, according to the announcement.

Further capacity increases could raise that to 350,000 barrels per day, the announcement said.

The Southern Hills Pipeline began taking flows in the first quarter of 2013. It eventually will ramp up to a capacity of 175,000 barrels per day.