Open Season Announced for Saddlehorn Pipeline Expansion

Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC has announced the expansion of Saddlehorn pipeline and has launched an open season to solicit long-term commitments for capacity on the pipeline system. The company will also add the new Ft. Laramie origin by leasing capacity on third-party pipelines.

The pipeline’s current transportation capacity is 190,000 barrels per day of crude oil and condensate from the DJ and Powder River Basins to storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma owned by Magellan and Plains. The expansion will increase pipeline’s capacity by up to 100,000 barrels per day, which will mark a new total capacity of 290,000 barrels per day.

Following the addition of incremental pumping and storage capabilities, the higher capacity is expected to be available in late 2020. The company announced that interested customers must submit binding commitments by 12:00 p.m. Central Time on 31 July, 2019.


Open Season Extended for Tallgrass Energy’s Pony Express Pipeline

Tallgrass Energy, LP has announced that it has extended and expanded its open season soliciting shipper commitments for crude oil transportation services.

The open season, initially announced on 13 November 2018, has been extended to 14 April 2019. This is to reflect updated rates and contracting options to accommodate newly secured commitments.

The 760-mile Pony Express crude oil pipeline originates in Guernsey, Wyo., and runs through Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, connecting with three refineries before terminating in Cushing, Okla.

Placed in service in 2014, Pony Express has a design capacity of 320,000 barrels a day, and based on a number of factors has the capacity to transport additional barrels.


Keystone XL Construction One Step Closer After Open Season Produces Strong Demand for Capacity

TransCanada is one step closer to starting construction on its Keystone XL pipeline after receiving strong commitments for oil capacity from shippers and closing the window for sign-up as a result.

The company announced Thursday that it has secured 20-year commitments for about 500,000 barrels per day of oil and oil equivalents, a demand that shows interest in the project is still strong despite long delays.

The Keystone XL project overcame its last major objective when Nebraska approved a route for the pipeline through the state in November 2017, although the route was an alternative to TransCanada's preferred proposal.

Some environmental groups, landowners, and politicians in Nebraska are continuing to fight the pipeline, saying it would cause harm to public safety and the environment.

Primary construction is expected to start in 2019, according to TransCanada.


Buckeye Partners Announces Open Season for South Texas Gateway Pipeline

Buckeye Partners announced Friday that it has launched a binding open season to sell shipper commitments for transporting crude oil and condensate on its South Texas Gateway pipeline system.

The South Texas Gateway pipeline is designed to move from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast and have a capacity of up to 600,000 barrels per day. It is also designed to offer customers the ability to deliver volumes from the Permian Basin and Gardendale, Texas to Corpus Christi, Ingleside, and Houston.

Buckeye Partners operates approximately 6,000 miles of pipeline and is one of the largest independent liquid petroleum products pipeline operators in the U.S. in terms of volumes delivered.