Freedom Oil Pipeline

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the Global Fossil Infrastructure Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.

Freedom Oil Pipeline was a proposed oil pipeline in the United States.[1] There have been no development updates since 2015, and the project is presumed to be cancelled as of 2019.


The pipeline would run from Wink-Midland, Texas, to Pentland, California, United States.[2]

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Project details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Kinder Morgan Freedom Pipeline LLC[3][4]
  • Parent company: Kinder Morgan*[4]
  • Capacity: 300,000 barrels per day (bpd)[4]
  • Length: 1,025 miles[1]
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Start year:

*Kinder Morgan Freedom Pipeline LLC is a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, which in turn is owned by Kinder Morgan, Inc.


In 2012, Kinder Morgan proposed the US$2 billion Freedom Pipeline. It would have transported 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil from oil fields in the Permian Basin to Pentland, California. The proposal involved the conversion of 740 miles of existing natural gas pipeline to carry crude oil, and the construction of over 200 miles of new pipeline which would have provided interconnections in California and between Wink and El Paso, Texas.[1][4]

In May 2013, Kinder Morgan put the project on-hold for lack of shipper interest.[4]

In January 2015, Kinder Morgan said the project was “getting more interest” from U.S. West Coast refiners. In response, Kinder Morgan revamped their original proposal to include adding a facility in Texas that would provide crude blends that better match the Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude oil that California refineries typically process. The new proposal also involves the bi-directional shipping of ultra-light crude, known as condensate, that could be exported from California.[4]

There have been no development updates since the project was re-proposed in 2015 and it is presumed to be cancelled.

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Freedom Oil Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker, February 28, 2020
  3. "Kinder Morgan announces open season for Freedom Crude Pipeline". Kinder Morgan. Retrieved 2022-04-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Kinder Morgan says Freedom Pipeline project is gaining refiner interest," Reuters, Jan 28, 2015

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