RUNNELS COUNTY - A crude oil pipeline will be cutting a path right through Runnels County and construction on the pipeline is set to begin in May, officials with Enterprise Products reported.

RUNNELS COUNTY - A crude oil pipeline will be cutting a path right through Runnels County and construction on the pipeline is set to begin in May, officials with Enterprise Products reported.

The pipeline starts in Midland County and will run all the way to Sealy where the crude oil will be off loaded and shipped out, said Rick Rainey, vice president and director of public relations for Enterprise.

About 25 miles of the pipeline will come through Runnels County, and it will also go through Coke and Concho counties. Enterprise will store the pipe in a yard where County roads 230, 231 and 114 converge.

Last month, Juan Sandoval of Enterprise, gave the Runnels County commissioners an update on the project.

He told commissioners that the project, which started in 2015, was put on hold, due to the downturn in the oil and gas market. However, the company restarted the project in January.

Rainey said that during construction, approximately 200 Enterprise employees will be used in the Runnels County area of the project. The company will employ 1,000 workers system wide, he said.

“The companies will be using motels, companies to provide services such as potable water to gravel to rock to sand - anything that would support the construction of a pipeline,” Rainey explained. “Once it is in service it will generate some additional tax revenue for the county as well.”

Rainey said the pipeline is expected to be in service by the fourth quarter of this year.

Approximately 450,000 barrels of oil will be shipped per day, via the pipeline to the Gulf Coast.

The line will go to an Enterprise storage facility in Sealy which has a 6.5 million barrel storage capacity.

“The producers have come to us and said we need something to get our product to market,” Rainey said.

During the commissioner’s court meeting, Judge Barry Hilliard said he and commissioners would sign off on the project as long as the areas where the construction occurs were “left the way they were found.”

“We absolutely take steps to restore the right of way where the pipeline will be located and will continue to work with landowners as necessary to make sure they are satisfied with the condition of their property,” Rainey said of the company’s policy. “I can’t say the land will be left the way we found it since it may be necessary to clear some trees or other vegetation in order to carry out construction.”

So far, all easements necessary for the project have been 100 percent secured, Sandoval told commissioners.

There will be pump stations constructed along the pipeline, none of which will be located in Runnels County. However a number of valves will be placed at different points in the county, Rainey said.

Also, once the project is complete pipeline markers and other safety features will be installed that let the public know where the lines are and help ensure they are protected.

Segment 2 of the pipeline is going to Highway158 and runs diagonal south to Highway 208 south of Robert Lee and continues northeast of Rowena. The pipeline also enters Runnels County west of Saynor Lane and goes south east to FM 2333 to northeast of Rowena and continues to Concho county directly south for about four miles and then southeast to north of Doole.

The new pipeline will run parallel to the Seminole Pipeline, also owned by Enterprise Products, which transports natural gas.