Heavy Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil Pipeline System

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Heavy Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil Pipeline System, also known as the Southwest System Pipeline, is an operating oil pipeline in the United States.[1]


The pipeline runs from the Gulf Coast to Krotz Springs, Louisiana.

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Project details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: ExxonMobil[1]
  • Parent company: ExxonMobil[1]
  • Capacity: 44,000 barrels per day
  • Length:
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year:


The Heavy Louisiana Sweet crude system gathers crude from the following sources in the Gulf Coast : the South Bend, Lake Washington, Chevron Empire, Energy XXI Grand Isle, Chevron Fourchon, and Apache Grand Isle gathering systems. It delivers the crude to the following destination points: the ExxonMobil North Line Crude Oil Pipeline, the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery, the Placid Refining Port Allen, the Alon Krotz Springs Refinery, the Capline St. James Terminal and the NuStar St. James Terminal.[1]

In 2011 Exxon shut down the 44,000 barrels per day pipeline after the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration refused a request to modify repair criteria for the 34.5-mile segment from South Bend to Krotz Springs, Louisiana. Much of the pipeline is 60 years old.[2]

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