The Seaway Pipeline transported its first batch of crude oil on 21 May after midstream energy services provider Enterprise Products Partners and energy company Enbridge completed alternations to the pipeline the week prior.
Oil flowed into the Seaway Pipeline at Cushing, Oklahoma for delivery to the US Gulf Coast following modifications to the 500-mile long, 30″ pipe system. These saw the northbound flow of oil reversed.
The pipeline had been handling over 4 million barrels per day (bpd) since 1995. The change in flow will see the pipeline handle an initial 150,000bpd of capacity but this could increase to more than 400,000 bpd by Q1 2013 following further modifications and increased pumping capabilities.
Seaway Crude Pipeline Company is a 50/50 joint venture owned by affiliates of both Enterprise Products Partners and Enbridge.
The Seaway system comprises the pipeline, a terminal, distribution network serving local and Houston-based refineries, and dock facilities at Freeport and Texas City, Texas.