Minnesota Pipeline System

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Minnesota Pipeline System (MPL) is an oil pipeline in Minnesota, the United States.[1]


The pipeline runs from Clearbrook, Minnesota, to Twin Cities refineries in Saint Paul Park and Rosemount, Minnesota.

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Project details

Lines 1–3

  • Operator: Koch Industries
  • Owner: Minnesota Pipe Line Company LLC
  • Parent company: Minnesota Pipe Line Company LLC
  • Capacity: 300,000 barrels per day (~100,000 bpd each)
  • Length: 256 miles (3 parallel lines)
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1950-70s (lines 1–3)
  • Associated infrastructure: Minnesota Pipeline 4


The Minnesota Pipe Line (MPL) is a crude oil pipeline that runs from Clearbrook, Minnesota southward to the Twin Cities. The State of Minnesota approved the building permit in 2007[2] and construction began that year and ended in 2008. It is owned by Minnesota Pipe Line Company, LLC (MPL) and is operated by Koch Industries.[3]

The MPL system has four lines and can transport about 465,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The first pipeline in the MPL system was established in the 1950s, and the last pipeline was constructed in 2008. The crude oil comes from North American sources including Canada and North Dakota and is delivered to refineries in St. Paul Park and Rosemount, Minnesota. MPL is the primary pipeline system that supplies crude oil to the two Twin Cities refineries.[4]

Route and capacity

All four of the Minnesota Pipe Line Co. lines begin at the Clearbrook terminal, and is largely supplied by Enbridge Energy's pipeline system that carries crude from North dakota and Alberta, Canada. The Minnesota Pipeline System splits into two parts at a junction in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. One branch serves the Pine Bend Refinery owned by Flint Hills Resources (another Koch subsidiary) in Rosemount. The other portion of the line runs to Northern Tier Energy's St. Paul Park Refinery in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. There is a connection at the Pine Bend Refinery to the Wood River Pipeline, which carries crude oil from the St. Louis, Missouri area to Minnesota.[5]

In 2008 Minnesota Pipe Line completed a parallel 24-inch (610 mm) line to expand the pipeline capacity from Clearbrook to the Twin Cities by 165,000 barrels per day (26,200 m3/d) with ultimate potential expansion to 350,000 barrels per day (56,000 m3/d).[5] See Minnesota Pipeline 4 for more information on this pipeline.

In 2014 Minnesota Pipe Line said it will more than double the capacity of Minnesota Pipeline 4 to 350,000 barrels per day by adding six pump stations along the 279-mile route.[6] This expansion project is considered cancelled as of 2019.

Minnesota Pipeline System

Pipeline Start End Length (miles) Capacity (bbl/day) Size (inches) Materials carried Year created Remarks
Line 1 Clearbrook St. Paul Park 256 16 1954
Line 2 Clearbrook St. Paul Park 256 1970s
Line 3 Clearbrook St. Paul Park 256 1980s
Line 4:
MinnCan Pipeline
Clearbrook Rosemount 305 165000 24 2008

Articles and resources


  1. Minnesota Pipeline System, Wikipedia, accessed September 2017
  2. State of Minnesota, Department of Administration. Project: Minncan Project--Minnesota Pipe Line Company
  3. Minnesota Pipe Line Company. "About". Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. "About," Minnesota Pipe Line Company, LLC, accessed Sep 2017
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eleff, Bob (June 2013). "Minnesota's Petroleum Infrastructure: Pipelines, Refineries, Terminals" (PDF). Research Department, Minnesota House of Representatives. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  6. "Crude oil pipeline to Twin Cities to get $125M upgrade," Star Tribune, June 12, 2014

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