In the US, Enterprise Products Partners and Enbridge have developed a partnership to design, build and operate a new pipeline that will transport crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast refinery.
When the 36-inch wide Wrangler Pipeline begins transporting product it will be able to handle up to 800,000 bpd of crude oil. It will also have the capability to handle additional supplies of crude oil arriving at Cushing from other North American producers.
The partners will also build the pipeline with a vision for it to be expanded in the future, as the volumes of crude oil delivered to the Cushing area is expected to increase in the coming years.
The 500-mile pipeline will start at the Enbridge Cushing Terminal and terminate at Enterprise’s ECHO crude oil storage terminal in southeast Harris County, Texas.
New storage tanks necessary for pipeline operations will be located at the ECHO site and included in the joint venture. The project will also include a new 85-mile pipeline to the Beaumont/Port Arthur refining centre.
‘This pipeline will be able to transport all grades of crude oil in batched configuration to meet the diverse needs of shippers, allowing producers to maximise the value of their crude oil and provide a more reliable source of domestic supply for Gulf Coast refiners,’ says Michael Creel, president and CEO of Enterprise’s general partner.
‘The Wrangler Pipeline will offer flexible solutions to shippers seeking to move crude oil out of the Cushing hub, solving the current lack of transportation options following recent changes in supply routes in North America,’ explains Patrick Daniel, president and CEO of Enbridge.