San Antonio-based terminal and pipeline operator NuStar Energy has completed construction of a 12.5-mile extension to its Kansas pipeline system, allowing it to double shipments.
NuStar expanded its East Pipeline System from El Dorado to Potwin meaning the company can transport more motor fuels into the northern Midwest states.
With the additional $16.1 million (11 million) pipeline and new pump systems in place in Kansas, NuStar has the ability to ship 96,000 barrels of petrol a day out of El Dorado, equivalent to more than 4 million gallons a day, and double its previous capacity.
The new line also will allow NuStar to transport 89,000 barrels per day of fuel oil, also more than double its original capacity.
NuStar owns and operates two pipelines that stretch over 58 miles from El Dorado north to McPherson, Kansas.
The first line is an eight-inch diameter pipeline and the second line is a 10-inch diameter pipeline. This 58-mile stretch of pipeline links to a larger 2,090-mile system that transports refined products to the states north of Kansas, including North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
By building a new 12.5-mile extension to its 10-inch line from El Dorado north to Potwin, NuStar expects to eliminate any bottlenecking that might occur on the existing eight-inch pipeline during peak-demand periods.
NuStar owns 8,407 miles of crude oil and refined product pipeline, 82 terminal facilities that store and distribute petroleum products; four crude oil tank facilities; and two asphalt refineries.