December 02, 2019 [Rig Zone] – Seaway Crude Pipeline Co. LLC on Monday unveiled plans for a binding open season for customers to commit to expansion capacity on its pipeline extending from Cushing, Okla., to the Texas Gulf Coast.
According to a written statement from the 50/50 joint venture (JV) owned by Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Enbridge Inc., the open season will run from 9 a.m. Central time on Dec. 16, 2019, to 5 p.m. Central on Feb. 14, 2020. Seaway links to an integrated network of pipelines, storage facilities and export terminals along the Gulf Coast and connects to every refinery in the Houston, Freeport, Texas City and Beaumont/Port Arthur areas, the JV noted.
The expansion – announced in October – reportedly would add 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) or more of light crude capacity to the Seaway system, primarily through pump upgrades. Moreover, the JV stated the expansion could include further quality enhancements to segregate heavy and light crude oil shipments.
Seaway noted that up to 100,000 bpd of initial light crude expansion capacity could be available as soon as the second half of 2020, with the remainder of the expansion implemented in 2022.
The JV, which will determine the final capacity for committed and uncommitted service during the open season, added that its fee schedule starts at 99 cents per barrel for light crude transportation from Cushing. Factors affecting fees include volume, destination and term.
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