Explorer Pipeline board approves pipeline expansion

Explorer Pipeline Co., Tulsa, said its board approved a plan to expand its main products line between Houston and Chicago by at least 100,000 b/d before late 2002 and also approved additional expansions of up to another 75,000 b/d contingent on volume commitments. The products pipeline moves 560,000 b/d of gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel through a 28-in. line from Houston to Tulsa.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Apr. 16 -- Explorer Pipeline Co., Tulsa, said its board approved a plan to expand its main products line between Houston and Chicago by at least 100,000 b/d before late 2002 and also approved additional expansions of up to another 75,000 b/d contingent on volume commitments.

The products pipeline moves 560,000 b/d of gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel through a 28-in. line from Houston to Tulsa. It moves 350,000 b/d on to Chicago through a 24-in. line.

In February, Explorer said its trunk line has been at capacity for 2 years. Its products pipeline system totals 1,400 miles.

The company plans to increase throughput on the main line by building 9-15 intermediate pumping stations. No new pipe would be laid.

Explorer said the expansion, which has been under consideration for more than 6 months, was prompted by current and forecast products demand.

The project is in the detailed engineering design phase, which will determine the size of the expansion. Explorer is considering funding options.

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