Petrol supplies to the southeast and east coast of the US have been disrupted following a partial shutdown of a pipeline system.
The Colonial Pipeline shut down its Line 1 pipeline following a leak in Alabama. It is a major source of transportation fuels to the southeast and as a result of the shutdown, it has disrupted petrol supplies, resulting in higher prices and product shortages in part of the region.
The EIA says that repair and restoration activities are currently underway, including the construction of a 500-foot, above-ground bypass around the affected section of pipeline. This bypass is expected to allow the pipeline to resume operations on Line 1 as early as today, September 21.
As there are no refineries between Alabama and Pennsylvania that product substantial quantities of transportation fuels, the southeast is supplied primarily by pipeline flows from refineries along the US Gulf Coast and supplemented by marine shipments from the US Gulf Coast and imports.
The pipeline is a 2.5 million barrel per day system of approximately 5,500 miles of pipeline and it connects 29 refineries and 267 distribution terminals.
Petrol shipments were temporarily allowed on the pipelines Line 2 however, these supplies were less than the volumes that would have normally been transported on Line 1.