Nonbinding open season launched for Capline pipeline reversal

Plains All American Pipeline LP, Marathon Petroleum Corp., and BP Oil Pipeline Co. are launching a nonbinding open season to gauge shipper interest in a proposed reversal of their 40-in., 1.2 million-b/d Capline pipeline that transports crude oil from St. James, La., to Patoka, Ill.

Plains All American Pipeline LP, Marathon Petroleum Corp., and BP Oil Pipeline Co. are launching a nonbinding open season to gauge shipper interest in a proposed reversal of their 40-in., 1.2 million-b/d Capline pipeline that transports crude oil from St. James, La., to Patoka, Ill.

If the owners decide to proceed, southbound flow could be operational by the second half of 2022. Once in southbound service, Capline would have an initial capacity up to 300,000 b/d. The reversed pipeline would be able to receive crude from connecting carriers at Patoka. At St. James, shippers would have access to a distribution network that includes refineries, terminals, ships, barges, and rail.

The nonbinding open season will be managed on behalf of the Capline owners by the law firm of Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC and runs from Oct. 17 through Nov. 17. Marathon Pipe Line LLC operates the pipeline.

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