NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 60-mile pipeline extension of the 181-mile Carthage to Mt. Belvieu Panola Pipeline is steadily making its way across five East Texas counties. Work began in September and could wrap up as early as January.
On Thursday, East Texas News visited job sites in Nacogdoches County.
The Panola Pipeline is making its way through much of eastern Nacogdoches County. The 10-inch pipe will carry propane, butane, and natural gasoline doubling production to 100,000 barrels a day for Houston based owner operator Enterprise Products Partners.
"It will allow producers in East Texas and Northwest Louisiana to continue to produce their reserves and provide them with an outlet for these growing reserves that they might not otherwise have had," said Rick Rainey, the vice president for public relations for Enterprise Products.
During construction, Deputy Constable Chuck Copeland with the Nacogdoches Road and Bridge Department looks for unavoidable road damages caused by the heavy equipment.
"In our county they're affecting 35 different roads," Copeland said. If you go by the mileage of the road it's a little over 85 to 90 of county road that they actually have approval to be on."
Reimbursements will follow. Copeland compliments crews for keeping roadways clear of mud.
What will soon become a highly visible part of the pipeline construction will be here at the Angelina River bridge on Highway 59.
The company has purchased and bulldozed a former strip club to make room for drilling operations.
"That involves drilling at an angle from one side going underneath the riverbed and coming out through the other side," Rainey said.
Despite heavy rains, the project schedule is on track. Pipeline service is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2016.