High Plains Crude Oil Pipeline

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High Plains Crude Oil Pipeline, also known as Tesoro High Plains Oil Pipeline, is an operating oil pipeline in the United States.[1]


The pipeline runs from Epping, North Dakota, to Mandan refinery, North Dakota, United States.

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Project details

  • Operator: Andeavor Logistics[2]
  • Owner: Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Company LLC[3]
  • Parent company: Marathon Petroleum Corporation*
  • Capacity: 90,000 barrels per day[4]
  • Diameter: 12 inches[2]
  • Length: 700 miles[2]
  • Status: Operating[4]
  • Start year:

*The parent company of Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Company LLC is MPLX LP[5], which is owned by Marathon Petroleum Corporation.


The Crude Oil Gathering segment of Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) consists of a 700-mile common carrier pipeline, the High Plains Pipeline, which operates out of the Williston and Bakken areas in North Dakota and Montana. TLLP transports almost all the crude oil processed at its North Dakota refinery via the High Plains Pipeline.[4]

In 2013, part of the High Plains pipeline system spilled more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil into a North Dakota wheat field, the biggest leak in the state since it became a major U.S. producer. The six-inch pipeline was carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale play to the Stampede rail facility outside Columbus, North Dakota. A farmer discovered the leak on September 29 while harvesting wheat on his 1,800-acre farm, about nine miles northeast of Tioga, North Dakota.[6] The cause of the spill was later determined to be corrosion.[7]

The pipeline was expanded in 2015 to 90,000 bpd capacity.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. High Plains Crude Oil Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Tesoro High Plains Oil Pipeline". Offshore Technology. Retrieved 2022-04-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Company LLC". dnb.com. Retrieved 2022-04-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Keisha Bandz, "Why Tesoro’s crude oil gathering and pipeline segment is positive," Market Realist, May 7, 2014
  5. "MPLX LP Announces Binding Open Season For Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Company LLC". ir.mplx.com. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  6. "In remote field, North Dakota oil boom suffers first big spill" Reuters accessed January 2018
  7. "Corrosion may have led to North Dakota pipeline leak: regulator" Reuters accessed January 2018

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