Dakota Express Oil Pipeline

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Dakota Express Oil Pipeline is a cancelled oil pipeline that would have transported crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken formation to Illinois, United States.[1] Note the Dakota Express Oil Pipeline is a separate and distinct project from the high-profile and controversial Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.


The pipeline would have originated in North Dakota and terminated in Patoka, Illinois.

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Project Details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Koch Pipeline Co.
  • Parent company: Koch Industries[1]
  • Capacity: 250,000 barrels per day
  • Status: Cancelled (2014)


In July 2013, Koch Pipeline Co. launched the first phase of a non-binding open season for the proposed pipeline, soliciting expressions of interest from potential shippers.[2] The pipeline was expected to offer a capacity of 250,000 barrels per day, with an in-service date in 2016.[2]

The Dakota Express Oil Pipeline would have included some new construction while also using Koch’s existing Wood River Oil Pipeline and Hartford Oil Terminal. The 580-mile Wood River pipeline historically has transported crude oil from south to north, Illinois to Minnesota. The Dakota plan would reverse the flow.[3]

In January 2014, Koch Pipeline Co. canceled the Dakota Express Oil Pipeline.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dakota Express Oil Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Koch seeks shipping commitments for Dakota Express Pipeline, Pipelines International, 3 Jul. 2013
  3. "Koch seeks shipping commitments for Dakota Express oil pipeline". World Pipelines. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2022-03-23.
  4. Koch Halts Plans for Pipeline to Illinois From Bakken, Bloomberg, 22 Jan. 2014

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