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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Enbridge Shuts Down Oil Pipeline after 365 Barrel Leak in Missouri

Enbridge announced Monday that it shut down its Ozark pipeline in Lawrence, Missouri after a release of about 365 barrels, or 15,330 gallons, of light oil.

On Saturday a leak detection alarm went off and notified workers of a potential release on the Ozark pipeline, also known as Line 51, at the Lawrence Pump Station.

Most of the leak was contained on Enbridge property, but some made its way to a drainage area about 2,000 from the station's fence. This oil has also been contained, according to Enbridge spokeswoman Jennifer Smith.

The cause of the spill is unknown, but an investigation is underway. Cleanup efforts are also ongoing.

The Ozark pipeline was built in the 1950s and was acquired by Enbridge when the operator bought Shell Pipeline company in 2005. The pipeline moves oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to Wood River, Illinois.

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