NuStar (Burgos Pipelines)

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Introduction

On December 18, 2014, NuStar Logistics, L.P. (NuStar) submitted two Presidential Permit applications to the Department of State. One application requested a new Presidential Permit allowing changes to the operation of an existing pipeline (the Existing Burgos Pipeline). The other application requested a Presidential Permit for construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of a new pipeline generally along the same right-of-way (the New Burgos Pipeline). These documents, to which links are provided below, were prepared by NuStar, and are not Department of State products.

Existing Burgos Pipeline

NuStar has applied for a new Presidential Permit, replacing a 2006 Presidential Permit, that would (1) reflect NuStar’s name change from Valero Logistics Operations, L.P. to NuStar Logistics, L.P. as the owner and operator of the Existing Burgos Pipeline and (2) allow the Existing Burgos Pipeline border facilities to transport a broader range of petroleum products than allowed by the 2006 Presidential Permit, including liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas liquids. The 2006 Presidential Permit only allows transportation of light naphtha.

The Existing Burgos Pipeline is an 8-inch outer diameter pipeline that connects the Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) Burgos Gas Plant near Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and the NuStar terminal near Edinburg, Texas. The U.S. portion of the pipeline is approximately 34 miles long, running between a location on the Rio Grande southeast of Peñitas, Texas and the NuStar terminal approximately 6 miles north of downtown Edinburg, Texas. The pipeline crosses under the Rio Grande. The border segment subject to the permit would extend from the center line of the Rio Grande approximately 8,450 feet (1.6 miles) to the first mainline shut-off valve in the United States. The Mexican portion of the pipeline runs approximately 12.5 miles between the Rio Grande crossing and the PEMEX Burgos Gas Plant.

12/18/14  Application for a Presidential Permit for the Existing Burgos Pipeline [ PDF version]
3/22/17  Record of Decision and National Interest Determination for the NuStar Logistics, L.P. Existing Burgos Pipeline [PDF version]
5/30/17  Presidential Permit for the NuStar Logistics, L.P. Existing Burgos Pipeline (PDF)

New Burgos Pipeline

NuStar has also applied for a Presidential Permit to construct, connect, operate, and maintain a new 10-inch pipeline and associated facilities (the New Burgos Pipeline) for the transportation of petroleum products, including liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas liquids. The New Burgos pipeline would, like the Existing Burgos Pipeline, connect the PEMEX Burgos Gas Plant near Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and the NuStar terminal near Edinburg, Texas. The border segment subject to the permit would extend from the center line of the Rio Grande approximately 8,450 feet (1.6 miles) to the first mainline shut-off valve in the United States. NuStar proposes to construct the New Burgos Pipeline parallel to the Existing Burgos Pipeline and, to the extent possible, in the same right-of-way.

12/18/14  Application for a Presidential Permit for the New Burgos Pipeline [ PDF version]
5/31/17  Record of Decision and National Interest Determination for the NuStar Logistics, L.P. New Burgos Pipeline | PDF Version]
6/28/17 Presidential Permit for the NuStar Logistics, L.P. New Burgos Pipeline (PDF)