Crude oil transportation agreements have been arranged by Genesis Energy and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. with six Gulf of Mexico producers to construct a new gathering pipeline to serve the Lucius development area. The group includes Apache Deepwater Development LLC, Eni Petroleum US LLC, Anadarko U.S. Offshore Corp., ExxonMobil Corp., Plains Offshore Operations Inc. and Petrobas America Inc. Enterprise and Genesis are entering into a 50/50 joint venture, Southeast Keathley Canyon Pipeline Co. that will construct and own the pipeline. Enterprise will earn fees for serving as construction manager and operator of the pipeline.
The SEKCO pipeline will be 149mi long, to connect the Lucius-truss spar floating production platform to an existing junction platform at South Marsh Island 205, part of Enterprise’s Poseidon pipeline system. The Lucius-tress spar floating production platform has the capability to produce 450 MMcf/d of natural gas and 80,000bpd of crude oil. The pipeline is being designed with 115,000bpd capacity. Genesis and Enterprise believe the project will give capacity for other deepwater Gulf of Mexico projects.