Binding Open Season Announced for Medallion Pipeline

A binding open season was launched by Medallion Pipeline Company, LLC to solicit binding, long-term commitments for firm transportation utilizing capacity that Medallion has leased on the crude oil pipeline owned by EPIC Crude Pipeline, LLC.

The currently constructing EPIC Pipeline will provide potential shippers with access to multiple destination points including refinery and crude oil export markets through the Port of Corpus Christi.

According to the company, prospective shippers will have the opportunity to participate in the open season to acquire firm transportation capacity by making a minimum volume commitment of 10,000 barrel per day to Medallion pursuant to a volume commitment transportation agreement.

The open season started on 19 July 2019 and will end on Friday 16 August 2019 at 4.00 pm Central Daylight Time.


Ozark Crude Pipeline to Be Restarted After Damaging Storms

MPLX LP will restart its 360,000 barrels per day Ozark pipeline that runs from storage area in Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries in the Midwest, the company said last Wednesday.

Since Oklahoma has recently suffered from flooding and storms, the Ozark system was shut down last Tuesday after an operational check, the company said. Upon restart the company expects the pipeline to operate at full capacity.

Due to the bad weather and flooding in central Oklahoma, Tallgrass Energy LP was also prompted to halt all deliveries to destinations on the Pony Express Pipeline. They had to shut down the pipeline's south end segment, which runs from Sterling, Colorado, to Cushing, because of flooding on the Cimarron River.

Until the risk of flooding has been diminished, operations had been temporarily stopped at the HollyFrontier Corp refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company said in a statement.


Two Companies Joining Forces to Build Crude Connector System in Midland Basin

Concho Resources Inc. and Frontier Midstream Solutions IV, LLC have announced to execute an agreement to create Beta Crude Connector, LLC (BCC), which will build and provide crude oil gathering, transportation and storage services in the Northern Midland Basin, supporting continued oil production growth in the region.

The new gathering and transportation system will consist of an approximately 100 mile gathering system, 250,000 barrel per day of crude oil storage facilities as well as truck terminals.

The pipeline system will have the initial capacity to deliver 150,000 bpd of crude oil to multiple delivery points, accessing local refineries and connecting to several downstream pipelines.

Construction will commence following an open season set for April 2019, targeting initial flows in mid-2019. Both companies own a 50% equity interest in BCC, with Frontier serving as operator.


Meridian Energy Group Begins North Dakota Site Work Despite Lawsuits

Meridian Energy Group said Tuesday that it has begun working on an oil refinery 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota despite the project facing obstacles such as lawsuits by environmental groups. The work began on Monday, according to a company spokesman.

Construction of the $800 million Davis Refinery isn’t planned until next year, with operations planning to start in 2020. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, it would only be the seventh oil refinery build in the U.S. in the last 20 years. The project first began five years ago.

North Dakota Air Quality Director said that Meridian is proceeding at its own risk with the lawsuit being filed Thursday in state court by the National Parks Conservation Association, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, and the Dakota Resource Council.

The groups fear the pollution from the refinery will ruin the park’s scenery and lower the quality of air breathed by wildlife and visitors.  The park draws in more than 700,000 visitors annually and is one of the state’s top attractions.

Meridian has stated that the refinery will be “the cleanest refinery on the planet” and a model for future refineries due to modern technology. Supporters also back the potential economic impact by creating future jobs and generating millions in local property taxes each year.

The refinery would initially process about 27,500 barrels of oil every day but still has potential roadblocks because of the need of water and wastewater permits as well as needing to prove that it meets air quality standards once it's built.

The refinery will still be able to begin being built despite not having the permits yet.

The Press of Atlantic City