WINK -- The Permian Basin is getting ready for new pipelines.
The ExxonMobil and Plains All American Pipeline LP joint venture is starting to come together in parts of the region.
Its a 36'' line that will go through 36 counties and transport crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Plains already began work in Lea County and are about to be moving pipes into Wink on the SW corner of HWY 302 and CR 313. Crews will be working on the pipe yards there for the next 6-8 weeks.
The pipeline is supposed to help ExxonMobil get in front of its plan to triple its production of oil in the Permian Basin by 2025. It is also planned to be used by third party oil producers.
"We produce a lighter crude than refiners in the United States can handle, because of that, the best market for crude produced in the Permian Basin is the International Market," said Stephen Robertson, Permian Basin Petroleum Association Executive Vice President. "So, the more we can produce here, the more it can flow down from the Gulf Coast, the more we can sell as a country to other entities outside of the United States."
After the pipeline is built, more than 1 million barrels of crude oil per day can be transported from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast.