Pony Express Oil Pipeline

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Pony Express Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in the United States.[1]

Location

The pipeline runs from Guernsey, Wyoming, to Cushing, Oklahoma.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Tallgrass Energy Partners[1]
  • Capacity: 400,000 barrels per day[3]
  • Length: 1,223 kilometers (760 miles)
  • Oil source: Bakken, Denver Julesburg, and Powder River plays
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2014

Background

The 760-mile Pony Express (PXP) crude oil pipeline originates in Guernsey, Wyoming, and runs through Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. It connects with the Ponca City refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma, before terminating in Cushing, Oklahoma. It is owned by Tallgrass Energy Partners. PXP sources oil from the the Bakken, Denver Julesburg and Powder River plays and sends it to the Cushing oil hub for distribution to markets across the country.[1]

The pipeline was placed in service in 2014, and has a design capacity of 320,000 barrels per day (bpd). According to owner Tallgrass Energy Partners, drag reducing agents can increase the pipeline's capacity to 420,000 bpd.[1]

In building the pipeline, Tallgrass converted a 430-mile natural gas pipeline and built another 260 miles of pipeline to extend PXP through southern Kansas into Oklahoma. Tallgrass also built the 70-mile Northeast Colorado Lateral (NECL), which intersects Pony Express east of Sterling, Colorado.[1]

Expansion Projects

Pipeline Expansion Project

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the project is planned to come online in stages, and be fully in-service by Q3 2020. The 300,000 bpd expansion will be in addition to the existing 400,000 bpd capacity.[3]

Pipeline Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: Tallgrass Energy[3]
  • Capacity: 300,000 barrels per day[3]
  • Length: 760 miles / 1,223.1 kilometers[3]
  • Status: Construction[3]
  • Start Year: 2020[3]

Carpenter Expansion Project

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the project is an approximately 25-mile, 12-inch pipeline connecting Carpenter, Wyoming, to the existing Pony Express system at Hereford, Colorado (via the Platteville extension). Developers expect the new pipeline to be in service in Q2 2020.[3]

Carpenter Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: Tallgrass Energy[3]
  • Capacity:
  • Length: 25 miles / 40.2 kilometers[3]
  • Diameter: 12-inches[3]
  • Status: Construction[3]
  • Start Year: 2020[3]

Platteville Expansion Project

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the project was an extension of a northeast Colorado lateral from Hereford, Colorado to Platteville, Colorado. It had an initial capacity of about 40,000 barrels per day, which was eventually increased to 80,000 barrels per day. The project went online in the second quarter of 2018.[3]

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Platteville Project Details

  • Owner: Tallgrass Energy[3]
  • Capacity: 80,000 barrels per day[3]
  • Length: 55 miles / 88.5 kilometers[3]
  • Diameter:
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start Year: 2018[3]

Pump Upgrades Expansion Project

According to June 2020 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the project included pump enhancements that expanded transport capacity from 320,000 b/d to 400,000 b/d on the Guernsey, Wyoming, to Cushing, Oklahoma segment. The project did not include adding any new miles of pipeline. It began operations in the fourth quarter of 2018.[3]

Pump Upgrades Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: Tallgrass Energy[3]
  • Capacity: 80,000 barrels per day[3]
  • Length: 0.0 new miles of pipeline[3]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start Year: 2018[3]

Northeast Colorado Expansion Project

According to June 2020 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the expansion project goes from Weld County, Colorado, to Sterling, Colorado. This 90,000 barrels per day lateral joins the 230,000 barrels per day Pony Express Pipeline segment from Guernsey, Wyoming, to Sterling, where they both feed into the 320,000 barrels per day segment from Sterling to Cushing, Oklahoma.[3][4]

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Northeast Colorado Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: Tallgrass Energy[3]
  • Capacity: 90,000 barrels per day[3]
  • Length: 66 miles / 106.2 kilometers[3]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start Year: 2015[3]

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pony Express Oil Pipeline, Tall Grass Energy website, accessed September 2017
  2. Layer Information for Interactive Maps Energy Information Administration, January 2020
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 Petroleum & Other Liquids, Movements, Energy Information Administration, June 4, 2020
  4. National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker, February 28, 2020

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