Southern California oil pipeline system undergoing rapid change

The terrain of the Southern California oil pipeline system is rapidly changing again in response to increased oil production inland and a lack of pipeline capacity to handle it. All that should change when the new Pacific Pipeline System Inc. (PPSI) route is finished later this year, increasing throughput capacity to Los Angeles-area refineries via its $165 million, 132-mile, 20-in. insulated crude oil pipeline designed to carry 130,000 b/d, mostly San Joaquin Valley (SJV) and Offshore California crudes (OGJ, May 5, 1997, p. 54, and Oct. 14, 1996, p. 32). Although the offshore stream has declined (see related story, p. 26), SJV output has increased enough in recent years tha...

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