Energy Transfer Partners LP announced that the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (ETCO), collectively the Bakken Pipeline, are in commercial service under the Committed Transportation Service Agreements through their respective pipeline systems. The Bakken Pipeline, owned by Dakota Access LLC and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company LLC, respectively, is a 1,872-mile, mostly 30-inch pipeline system that transports domestically produced crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks productions areas in North Dakota to a storage and terminalling hub outside Patoka, IL, and/or down to additional terminals in Nederland, TX.
ETCO and Dakota Access have a combined capacity of 520 Mbpd, expandable to 570 Mbpd. The pipeline will transport light, sweet crude oil from North Dakota to major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and more environmentally responsible manner than other modes of transportation, including rail or truck.
The $3.8 billion Dakota Access consists of 1,172 miles of 30-inch diameter pipeline traversing North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. Crude oil transported on Dakota Access originates at six terminal locations in the North Dakota counties of Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie. The pipeline delivers the crude oil to a hub outside of Patoka, IL where it can be delivered to the ETCO pipeline for delivery to the Gulf Coast, or can be transported via other pipelines to refining markets throughout the Midwest. ETCO consists of more than 700 miles of mostly 30-inch converted natural gas pipeline from Patoka, IL to Nederland, TX, where the crude oil can be refined or further transported to additional refining markets.