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Koch Pipeline Co puts Helena Terminal into operation in Texas

Koch Pipeline Company LP is now receiving Eagle Ford crude oil at its Karnes County TX crude oil terminal.

“This new terminal is serving a growing area of Eagle Ford production," says Kim Penner, president of Koch Pipeline Company. "The terminal will allow more efficient transportation of crude oil by eliminating the distance trucks have to travel. The crude oil will be transported from Helena to Pettus via a new 16-inch pipeline to be commissioned soon. That 24-mile pipeline ties into our existing lines in Pettus for transportation to Ingleside (TX) and Corpus Christi (TX)."

Six Koch Pipeline Company employees support this terminal and the new line. As a result of the company's ability to quickly adapt to customer needs, Koch Pipeline has added 24 employees at its Corpus Christi operations headquarters and has 29 positions open.

"We need more talent," said Larry Van Horn, vice-president of South Texas operations. "From operators to inspectors to engineers, Eagle Ford is creating career opportunities with Koch Pipeline."

With this new 16-inch pipeline, and the other investments Koch Pipeline has made in terminals, lines, and lease agreements with other companies, the company will have increased transportation capability significantly into Corpus Christi and Ingleside.

"We are also working with producers to develop gathering lines, either to common tank batteries or through tie-ins to our existing system," Penner says.

Koch Pipeline's 20-inch line from Karnes County to San Patricio County that ultimately will tie into Ingleside is progressing. The line is expected to be in service in mid-2012. The company reportedly is the largest transporter of South Texas crude oil.

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