PIPELINES SCRAMBLING TO TRANSPORT ADDED CRUDE FROM CALIFORNIA OCS

An imminent surge in California Outer Continental-Shelf oil production of perhaps 100,000 b/d has pipeline companies scrambling to compete for the right to transport the crude to market. Recent start-up of interim tanker transport of crude from Point Arguello oil field in the Santa Barbara Channel will allow production there to rise to about 85,000 b/d from about 55,00060,000 b/d-but only for 3 years. Perhaps by yearend, production from two new Exxon platforms in the Santa Ynez Unit, also in

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