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GulfMark Energy grows operations in Eagle Ford, Gulf Coast region

Oct. 23, 2020
Acquisition of VEX pipeline system, related terminal facilities strengthens Adams Resources subsidiary’s crude oil business

GulfMark Energy recently acquired Victoria Express Pipeline (VEX) and related terminal facilities from EnLink Midstream. The acquisition was completed through GulfMark Terminals, a subsidiary of GulfMark, the crude oil marketing arm of Adams Resources & Energy.

The VEX pipeline system, with truck and storage terminals at Cuero and the Port of Victoria, Texas, is a crude oil and condensate pipeline system, which connects the heart of the Eagle Ford Basin to the Gulf Coast waterborne market. The system includes 56 miles of 12-inch pipeline, which spans DeWitt county to Victoria county, Texas, with 350,000 barrels of above-ground storage, two eight-bay truck offload stations, and access to two docks at the Port of Victoria. It can receive crude oil by pipeline and truck, and has downstream pipeline connections to two terminals, with potential for additional downstream connection opportunities in the future. The pipeline system has a current capacity of 90,000 barrels per day, GulfMark said. 

“Over the last several years, the VEX pipeline system has been integral to GulfMark’s crude oil supply and marketing business in the Eagle Ford and Gulf Coast region,” said Greg Mills, president of GulfMark. “As one of the system’s largest shippers, we look forward to fully integrating the VEX Pipeline system into our Gulf Coast marketing business, which will further strengthen our ability to provide excellent service to the producers in the region, as well as more effectively service our end-user markets along the Gulf Coast.

“As important, the VEX pipeline system complements our existing storage terminal and dock at the Port of Victoria, where GulfMark will now control 450,000 barrels of storage with three docks.”

Kevin Roycraft, Adams Resources’ CEO and president, said the acquisition will open growth opportunities for current GulfMark business since the company now will be more involved with the midstream value chain for crude oil and condensate production moving from the wellhead to the end market.

“By effectively managing these assets, we plan to further enhance the quality and value of the services our customers have come to expect from GulfMark, as well as begin to provide midstream services to both new and former customers of the VEX pipeline system,” Roycraft concluded. “Finally, we believe this transaction will generate long-term cash flow, and represents another key milestone in our strategic efforts to prudently grow the business.”