Seaway Crude Line Reversal Completed

July 2012, Vol. 239 No. 7

Cushing, OK. Image: Thomas and Dianne Jones.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Enbridge Inc. announced that modifications to the Seaway crude oil pipeline allowing it to transport crude oil from Cushing, OK to the U.S. Gulf Coast have been completed.

The reversal of the 500-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline, which had been in northbound service since 1995, provides North American producers with the infrastructure needed to access more than 4 MMbpd of Gulf Coast refinery demand.

The reversal will initially provide 150,000 bpd of capacity, which is expected to increase to more than 400,000 bpd in the first quarter of 2013 with additional modifications and increased pumping capabilities.

Seaway Crude Pipeline Company LLC is a 50/50 joint venture owned by affiliates of Enterprise Products Partners and Enbridge Inc. In addition to the pipeline that transports crude oil from Cushing to the Gulf Coast, the Seaway system is comprised of a terminal and distribution network originating in Texas City, TX, which serves refineries locally and in the Houston area. The Seaway system also includes dock facilities at Freeport and Texas City.