Brownwood will benefit from workers who are involved in the installation of a portion of crude oil pipeline that passes near Brown County, the city’s economic development director, Guy Andrews, said via email.
Workers will use local hotels, restaurants and other retail services, and there will be increased fuel sales for trucks and equipment being used in the distribution process, Andrews said.
BNSF and TXR railroads will also benefit because the pipe is initially shipped to Brownwood and the Industrial Park via rail, then unloaded onto trucks for transport to the storage and distribution site, Andrews said.
The Brownwood Municipal Development District is leasing 15 acres of property off FM 45 to the T.G. Mercer company of Aledo as a storage facility and distribution point for 24-inch pipe that will be used in a portion of the 416-mile oil pipeline.
T.G. Mercer’s expertise is in pipe unloading, pipe handling, and pipeline logistics for the oil and gas pipeline construction industry.
Brownwood was selected due to its central location, rail service availability, and easy access to several major highways, Andrews said.
Enterprise Products Partners is developing a pipeline to transport crude oil from the company’s Midland terminal to its Sealy storage facility west of Houston, Andrews said.
The pipeline, expected to be in service in 2017, will have the capacity to provide up to 540,000 barrels per day for crude oil from the Permian Basin, Andrews said.