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By Renée Jean [email protected]
“I’ve been a pipeliner for nine years and worked all over the country. I have come to give my highest regards to Hess. When it comes down to a company like Hess, they spare no expense on safety. It is top notch.” – Evan Whiteford, Laborers’ International Union of North America
The buildout of a pipeline system that likely spells the end of the truck and train boom in the Bakken is continuing. Trucks and trains will of course still be needed to carry some Bakken crude, but with new pipelines coming online, capacity is now reaching an equilibrium with the Bakken’s crude output.
The latest in the pipeline series involves a short segment of 12-inch pipeline that travels a mere 1.1 miles, but could have a super impact for Bakken crude. The line is being built by the Hess Corporation and while short, it connects to something long indeed — the Dakota Access pipeline, which travels 1,172 miles, all the way to Patoka, Ill. Its maximum overall capacity is listed online as up to 570,000 barrels a day.
That line, which is being built by Energy Transfer Partners, can ultimately tie North Dakota’s sweet Bakken crude — naturally low in sulfur — to other markets, including Texas, where Exxonmobil has just announced on Tuesday morning that it is expanding its ultra-low sulfur fuel production at the Beaumont Refinery by 40,000 barrels a day.