Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. has announced that it will conduct Phase I of an open season for the Dakota Express Pipeline, a proposed pipeline to transport Bakken crude oil from western North Dakota to Hartford, IL and Patoka, IL.
The company also intends to explore a connection at Patoka, Illinois, to the Eastern Gulf Crude Access Pipeline, which would be capable of delivering Bakken crude oil to eastern U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. Dakota Express Pipeline would begin service in 2016 with an expected initial capacity of approximately 250,000 barrels per day.
Dakota Express Pipeline would include some new construction and reversing the flow of the existing Wood River Pipeline. Historically, the Wood River Pipeline has transported crude oil south to north from Hartford, IL to the Saint Paul, MN area.
Phase I of the open season is expected to begin July 1, 2013, and will last 45 days. It will be non-binding and is intended to solicit expressions of interest from potential shippers. If sufficient shipper interest is received in Phase I, Koch Pipeline may proceed to Phase II of the open season, during which binding commitments would be sought. The project is subject to management approval and receipt of necessary permits.