Houston-based Phillips 66 is moving forward with a crude oil pipeline system running from the West Texas Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast and Sonora that means good news for Sonora.

The pipeline brings a much needed boost to the present sluggish economy of the community.

Rich Johnson, APR Manager, Communications - Phillips 66 Midstream, said construction on the new Gray Oak pipeline project is currently under way south of Sonora.

“The pipeline will create reliable access to crude oil in the region, bringing more growth to the Texas energy industry,” Johnson said.

Moreover, the Gray Oak pipeline benefits Sonora by “creating approximately 3,000 construction jobs and 40 full time jobs,” he added.

Phillips 66 plans to open a small office in the area staffed by two employees, according to Johnson.

Additionally, the pipeline is expected to be in service by the end of 2019.

Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC, a joint venture owned 75 percent by Phillips 66 Partners and 25 percent by San Antonio based refining company Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV), will own the pipeline system.

The original proposed project that involves moving crude oil from stations in Reeves, Loving, Winkler and Crane counties in West Texas as well as locations in the Eagle Ford production area in South Texas to Corpus Christi, Sweeny and Freeport is expected to be placed in service by the end of 2019, according to an earlier press release in April 2018.

Johnson confirmed that the current pipeline work will run 850 miles from the Permian to Corpus Christi. It will also connect to market centers in Sweeny and Freeport, Texas.