Sunrise Pipeline System

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the Global Fossil Infrastructure Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.

Sunrise Pipeline System, also called the Permian Basin to Cushing Pipeline, is an operating oil pipeline project in Texas and Oklahoma.[1]


The pipeline runs from Midland in the Permian Basin, Texas, USA to Cushing, Oklahoma, USA.[2][3]

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Project details

  • Owner: Plains All American[4]
  • Parent company: Plains All American
  • Capacity: 350,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 254 miles[3]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start year:


The Plains All American Pipeline company expanded the original Sunrise Pipeline oil system proposal from the Permian to Cushing, Oklahoma. The expanded pipeline was placed into service in November of 2018. Volumes on the expanded line are about 300,000-350,000 barrels per day (bpd), higher than the company’s previous estimate of about 200,000-250,000 bpd. The Sunrise expansion discussed below can ultimately transport an additional 500,000 bpd of crude from Midland to Colorado City and Wichita Falls, Texas, and provides connections to Cushing, the delivery point for U.S. crude futures. Record-breaking production from the Permian basin, the largest U.S. oilpatch, has outpaced pipeline takeaway capacity, prompting several new projects and expansions.[1]

Expansion projects

Sunrise II Pipeline

According to June 2020 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Sunrise had an initial capacity of 350,000 barrels per day from Midland, Texas, to Colorado City, Texas. The expansion increases the capacity of the Midland-Colorado City segment by 500,000 barrels per day, and adds a 500,000 barrels per day segment from Colorado City to Wichita Falls, Texas. The expansion will not add any additional miles of pipeline.[4]

  • Owner: Plains All American[4]
  • Parent company: Plains All American
  • Capacity: 500,000 barrels per day[4]
  • Length: 0.0 new miles of pipeline[4]
  • Status: Operating[4]
  • Start year: 2018[4][5]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Plains' expanded Sunrise oil pipeline system starts service, volumes up Reuters, accessed November 2018
  2. Infrastructure investments key to unlocking more US oil supply International Energy Agency, accessed November 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker, February 28, 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Petroleum & Other Liquids, Movements, Energy Information Administration, June 4, 2020
  5. Kumar, Devika Krishna (2018-11-06). "Plains' expanded Sunrise oil pipeline system starts service, volumes up". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-05-24.

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