MPLX LP today announced that its subsidiaries MPLX Ozark Pipe Line LLC (Ozark) and Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) have completed a successful joint binding open season on the company’s Cushing-to-Patoka Pipeline Expansion Project, which includes increasing capacity on the Ozark and Woodpat pipelines from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Patoka, Illinois. Based on strong interest from prospective shippers, MPL will proceed with plans to increase the combined capacity on the pipelines to 360,000 bpd by providing operational modifications, including tankage, in Wood River, Illinois. The expansion is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2018.
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.
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.
“The Cushing-to-Patoka Expansion Project is a great example of providing our customers with additional capacity between two major crude hubs by adding connectivity and tankage,” MPLX President Michael J. Hennigan said. “By securing long term commitments from shippers, MPL continues to enhance the value of its existing assets.”
The binding open season began on Jan. 17, 2018, and concluded on Feb. 16, 2018.