Shell Pipeline announced a successful supplemental open season period for additional firm capacity on the fully reversed Houma-to-Houston pipeline system (Ho-Ho Reversal).
Based on the supplemental commitments, Shell Pipeline is proceeding with its next steps to expand capacity via the installation of additional pumping capabilities by early 2014. This phase (Phase 3) will bring the ultimate capacity from Houston origins to about 250,000 bpd, depending upon crude types shipped.
The initial phase of the reversal was completed in January to deliver crude oil from connecting pipelines and terminals in East Houston to the Nederland/Port Arthur area. The next phase (Phase 2) of the project is progressing on schedule. Phase 2 will enable crude originating in the Texas markets to reach Louisiana markets. The fully reversed service will be operational by the end of 2013 when Ho-Ho will officially be renamed as the “Houston to Houma” pipeline system.