BridgeTex Oil Pipeline

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BridgeTex Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in Texas, United States that transports crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Houston gulf coast.[1]

Location

The pipeline originates in Colorado City, Texas, and terminates in Texas City, Texas.

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Project Details

  • Owners: Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (50%), Magellan Midstream Partners (30%), Plains All American Pipeline (20%)[2]
  • Current capacity: 300,000 barrels per day[3]
  • Length: 400 miles (644 kilometers)[1]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Cost: Approximately US$1 billion[4]
  • Start Year: September 2014[1]

Background

The BridgeTex pipeline transports Permian Basin crude oil from Colorado City, Texas to the Houston gulf coast area.[5]

In April 2017, Plains All American Pipeline and Magellan Midstream Partners filed an amended breach of contract lawsuit that seeks $311.8 million in damages from Stampede Energy, alleging the company failed to meet its minimum volume requirements on the BridgeTex pipeline beginning in March 2015.[6]

In August 2018, the pension fund Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) acquired a 50% stake in the BridgeTex Pipeline Company for US$1.438 billion. The agreement left Plains All American with a 20% stake in the project and Magellan Midstream Partners with a 30% stake.[2]

Spills

In September 2017, Magellan Midstream reported the largest Hurricane-Harvey-caused spill near Houston at a gasoline tank.[7] Initially estimating a spill of 1,000 barrels, Magellan Midstream later confirmed the spill was significantly larger, nearly 11,000 barrels.[7] Flooding from Hurricane Harvey inundated the Galena Park terminal east of Houston, causing the spill.[7] Federal and state regulators failed to publicly acknowledge the extent of the spill for nearly two weeks.[8]

Expansion Projects

Expansion Project 1

According to June 2020 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the expansion project began operations in quarter four of 2017. It did not include adding any new miles of pipeline and resulted in a capacity increased from 300,000 barrels per day to 400,000 barrels per day.[3]

Expansion Project 1 Details

  • Owners: Magellan Midstream Partners (50%), Plains All American Pipeline (50%)[1]
  • Capacity: 100,000 barrels per day[5]
  • Length: 0.0 new miles of pipeline[3]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start Year: 2017[3]

Expansion Project 2

In July 2017, Magellan Midstream and Plains All American Pipeline announced that they were considering expanding the pipeline capacity further to a total of 440,000 barrels per day.[6]

According to June 2020 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the expansion project began operations in quarter four of 2018. It did not include adding any new miles of pipeline.[3]

Expansion Project 2 Details

  • Owners: Magellan Midstream Partners (50%), Plains All American Pipeline (50%)[1]
  • Capacity: 40,000 barrels per day[5]
  • Length: 0.0 new miles of pipeline[3]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start Year: 2018[3]

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