Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline System (CHOPS)

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Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline System (CHOPS) is a deepwater crude oil pipeline system that transports production in the Gulf of Mexico to refineries in Texas, USA.[1] It is the longest offshore oil pipeline in the United States.[2]


The pipeline originates in the Gulf Coast waters (off Texas and Louisiana) and terminates in Texas City, Texas.[3][4]

More specifically, the system originates at the Ship Shoal 332 A/B Hub as a 30-inch diameter pipeline, traverses the GB 72 platform, and divides into two, 24-inch diameter pipelines at the High Island A5-C platform.[1] The two 24-inch pipeline segments terminate in Texas City, Texas, and Port Arthur, Texas, respectively.[1]

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Project details

  • Operator: Manta Ray Gathering Company[5][3]
  • Owner: Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline Company[6]
  • Parent company: Genesis Energy LP [64%]; Undisclosed [36%][7]
  • Capacity: 600,000 barrels per day
  • Diameter: 24 inches, 30 inches[1]
  • Length: 380 miles[8]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year: 2003

As of November 2021, Genesis Energy LP owned 100% interest in the Cameron High Oil Pipeline Company, though it then sold 36% to an undisclosed financial party for about US$418 million.[7]


The Cameron Highway oil pipeline system consists of a 380-mile, 24-inch and 30-inch diameter oil pipeline that extends along the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico and delivers crude oil from major deepwater oil fields to markets on the Texas Gulf Coast.[1] It was first announced in 2002.

As of 2017, it had "dedications from the Holstein, Mad Dog, Atlantis, K2, Constitution and Ticonderoga fields, all of which are located in the deepwater Green Canyon area offshore Louisiana."[1]

In August 2017, the Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline system went offline due to Hurricane Harvey.[9]

Expansion projects

SYNC Pipeline

The SYNC Pipeline will be an extension of CHOPS in the Gulf of Mexico.[10]

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline Company[6]
  • Parent company: Genesis Energy LP [64%]; Undisclosed [36%][7]
  • Capacity: 100 bpd[10]
  • Length: 105 kilometers[10]
  • Diameter:
  • Status: Proposed[10]
  • Start year: 2024[10]
  • Cost: US$500 million[10]
  • Financing:
  • Associated infrastructure:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Welcome to the Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline System, Genesis Energy, accessed October 2017
  2. Cameron Highway Oil Transport System, United States of America, Offshore Technology, accessed October 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Geographic Mapping Data in Digital Format". Retrieved 2023-03-13.
  4. "Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline System Map". Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  5. "Current report pursuant to section 13 or 15(d) of the securities exchange act of 1934" (PDF). 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2023-03-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline System". Retrieved 2022-03-01.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Genesis Energy, L.P. Sells 36% Minority Equity Interest in its Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline System". 2021-11-18. Retrieved 2022-03-01.
  8. Asset Data, IJGlobal, accessed Aug. 27, 2020
  9. BP's Gulf oil production falls as key pipeline goes offline, Reuters, 25 Aug. 2017
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 "Genesis to expand CHOPS GoM crude pipeline, build new 105-mile system". Oil & Gas Journal. Retrieved 2022-05-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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