Platte Crude Oil Pipeline

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Platte Crude Oil Pipeline is a crude oil pipeline in the United States.[1] It is a part of the Express-Platte Pipeline System along with the Express Oil Pipeline System.[2]


The pipeline runs from Casper, Wyoming, to Wood River, Illinois.[3]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Enbridge[1]
  • Capacity: 164,000 barrels per day[3]
  • Length: 1,511 kilometers (939 miles)[3]
  • Diameter: 20-inches[4]
  • Oil source: Bakken, Denver-Julesburg Basin, and the Powder River Basin
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year:


The 933-mile Platte Pipeline transports up to 164,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Casper, Wyoming, to Guernsey, Wyoming, and 145,000 bpd from Guernsey to Wood River, Illinois. The pipeline brings crude oil predominantly from the Bakken, the Denver-Julesburg Basin and the Powder River Basin to Midwest refineries in Colorado, Kansas and Illinois.[5]

It connects with the Express Oil Pipeline System and the Jayhawk Oil Pipeline at Holdrege, Nebraska, and with the Pony Express Oil Pipeline at Guernsey, Wyoming. It was acquired by Spectra Energy of Enbridge in 2012.[1]

Expansion Projects

Expansion Project

According to June 2020 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Enbridge has announced that the pipeline will be reversed and converted. The pipeline will be reversed to flow southeast from Alberta, Canada, to Illinois. Pipeline will also be converted to carry crude instead of diluent. The project is expected to be complete in 2023 and will result in an additional 150,000 barrel per day (bpd) of transport capacity. The project does not involve adding any new miles of pipeline.[4]

Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: Enbridge[1]
  • Capacity: 21,000 barrels per day[4]
  • Length: 0.0 new miles of pipeline[4]
  • Status: Operating[4]
  • Start Year: 2016[4]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Platte Crude Oil Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. Express/Platte Enbridge, accessed August 31, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Enbridge’s Energy Infrastructure Assets Enbrdige, July 22, 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Petroleum & Other Liquids, Movements, Energy Information Administration, June 4, 2020
  5. "Platte Pipeline," Spectra, accessed Sep 2017

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