Navigator I Overview

Navigator I's Big Spring Pipeline System was located in the heart of the Midland Basin, where attractive economics drove consistent and substantial production growth throughout the commodity cycle. What started as a system conceptualized on a napkin, eventually grew to a fully integrated crude oil platform consisting of three distinct business lines: mainline transportation, pipeline gathering, and crude oil storage.

The Navigator I asset ultimately consisted of over 500 miles of pipeline, 1MM Bbls of storage capacity, and over 430,000 dedicated acres from a large number of top-tier producers. The system overlayed the Wolfcamp and Spraberry formations, and its customers represented the best IP30 well results in the Midland Basin.

Nav I Original Map - The Napkin Concept (2012)

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Big Spring Gateway (2017)


Total Mileage


Storage Capacity


Delivery Points


Delivery Capacity

Nav 1 Timeline writing
  • 2012

    Napkin Concept Drawing

  • 2013

    Pre-development land work begins

  • Initial Open Season (75,000 BPD)

  • 2014

    Executed first commercial contracts

  • First Reserve acquires NES from Tenaska

  • 2015

    Construction begins
    Open Season (140,000 BPD)

  • First crude flows
    First gathering systems commissioned

  • 2017

    Eclipsed 100,000 BPD of system throughput

  • Sold to an affiliate of NuStar Energy L.P.