Colonial Pipeline announced a capacity expansion in Virginia that can increase deliveries to the Tidewater area by 24,000 bpd.
Adjustments to increase pipeline flow rates will be installed in Richmond and Yorktown starting in January. When completed in early 2012, increased deliveries of gasoline, diesel fuel and other products will be available to customers at six Colonial delivery locations in the Norfolk-Newport News-Portsmouth area.
This project is partially the result of a new connection made in Yorktown where a refinery shut down and converted its storage tanks to a delivery facility serving the Tidewater area. The connection at Yorktown helped usher in the service improvement.
Colonial previously announced a series of capacity expansions that serve customers across the Houston-to-New York pipeline system. Upgrades completed earlier in 2011 added 100,000 barrels bpd of new capacity specifically serving the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York markets.
Another mainline expansion of 20,000 barrels also has been completed, with a second phase due to add an additional 55,000 bpd by June 2012. This two-phased expansion is increasing total system capacity from the Gulf Coast to all delivery locations.