Joint Venture to Construct 475 Mile Whistler Pipeline

A final investment decision to design and construct the proposed Whistler pipeline was taken by MPLX, WhiteWater Midstream and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners/West Texas Gas, Inc.

The 475 mile long pipeline from the Permian Basin in West Texas to the state’s Coastal Bend region will be built by the joint venture, MPLX reported late Wednesday.

The pipeline will be designed to carry approximately 2 billion cubic feet per day of gas through a 42 inch diameter pipe from Waha, Texas, to the Agua Dulce area in South Texas.

The majority of available capacity on the proposed pipeline has been subscribed and committed by long-term transportation agreements and the remaining capacity will be fully subscribed in the coming months.

“The decision to move forward with this project after securing sufficient commitments from shippers demonstrates our disciplined approach to investing,” MPLX President Michael J. Hennigan said in a written statement. “Whistler is expected to provide reliable residue gas transportation out of the Permian Basin, which is vital to our growing gas processing position and producers in the region.”

The pipeline is expected to begin service during the third quarter of 2021, subject to pending regulatory and other approvals.


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.


MPLX Announces Joint Binding Open Season for Ozark, Woodpat Pipeline Expansion

Marathon Petroleum Corporation's midstream company MPLX LP announced Wednesday that two of its subsidiaries have begun a joint binding open season on the combined Ozark and Woodpat pipelines from Oklahoma to Illinois.

The open season, commenced by Marathon Pipe Line LLC and MPLX Ozark Pipe Line LLC, began Wednesday, January 18 and will conclude on February 16, 2018.

The pipelines run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Patoka, Illinois, and the project is designed to further expand the capacity of the pipelines by 15,000 barrels per day as more Midwest markets desire further access to WTI crude.

The Ozark Pipeline runs 433 miles from Cushing, Oklahoma to Wood River, Illinois and will have a capacity of approximately 345,000 barrels per day after the expansion project.

The Woodpat Pipeline runs 55 miles from Wood River, Illinois to Patoka, Illinois and will have a capacity of approximately 345,000 barrels per day after the expansion project.

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MPLX Announces Binding Open Season for Wood River-to-Patoka Pipeline

MPLX announced Tuesday has begun a binding open season for the Wood River-to-Patoka pipeline, which will allow shippers the opportunity to secure priority transportation service on the pipeline.

Marathon Pipe Line LLC, a subsidiary of MPLX, started the binding open season August 1 and will close it on August 31.

MPLX said in its statement that the "Wood River-to-Patoka Expansion Project provides needed pipeline capacity for Mid-continent crude to Midwest markets via Patoka, Illinois, and creates additional throughput and revenue opportunities" for the company.

The Wood River-to-Patoka pipeline will expand the current capacity of 215,000 barrels per day to 345,000 barrels per day by increasing horsepower and adding drag-reducing agents.

The expansion is expected to be in service by the second quarter of next year.


Marathon Petroleum Affiliate to Buy Enbridge Pipeline for $220 Million

Marathon Petroleum's affiliate MPLX announced it is purchasing a 433-mile crude oil pipeline from Enbridge for $220 million.

The 230,000-barrel-per-day Ozark pipeline begins in the Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub where it then runs to refining and pipeline systems in Illinois.

MPLX said it is planning to expand the capacity from 230,000 to 345,000 barrels per day and hopes to complete this by the middle of 2018.

"Ozark Pipeline will expand the footprint of our logistics and storage segment by connecting Cushing-sourced volumes to our extensive Midwest pipeline network," president of MPLX Don Templin said in a statement.

The transaction is expected to close by end of March.

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