MPLX LP today announced that its subsidiaries MPLX Ozark Pipe Line LLC (Ozark) and Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) have launched a joint binding open season on the combined Ozark 22-inch and Woodpat 22-inch pipelines from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Patoka, Illinois. The joint binding open season offers interested shippers an opportunity to secure priority transportation service on the pipelines.
“We are pleased to announce the Cushing-to-Patoka Expansion Project as Midwest markets desire further access to West Texas Intermediate crude,” MPLX President Michael J. Hennigan said. “This expansion will provide additional capacity for shippers while positioning the partnership to grow its distributable cash flow.”
The Ozark Pipeline is a 433-mile, 22-inch crude oil pipeline originating in Cushing, Oklahoma, and terminating in Wood River, Illinois, capable of transporting approximately 230,000 bpd. MPLX plans to expand the line’s capacity to approximately 345,000 bpd in the second quarter of 2018.
The Woodpat Pipeline is a 55-mile, 22-inch crude oil pipeline originating in Wood River, Illinois, and terminating in Patoka, Illinois, capable of transporting approximately 215,000 bpd. MPLX plans to expand the line’s capacity to approximately 345,000 bpd in the second quarter of 2018.
Once finished, the Cushing-to-Patoka Expansion Project will increase the capacity of the Ozark and Woodpat pipelines to 360,000 bpd by providing operational modifications, including tankage, in Wood River, Illinois. The expansion is expected to begin service in the third quarter of 2018.
The joint binding open season began on Jan. 17, 2018, at 8 a.m., Central Standard Time, and will conclude at noon Central Standard Time, on Feb. 16, 2018.