Trunkline Gas Pipeline

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Trunkline Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline.[1]


The pipeline runs from the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana through Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky to deliver gas in Illinois and Indiana.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Trunkline Gas Company
  • Parent Company: Energy Transfer Partners
  • Current capacity: 1500 Million cubic feet per day
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 2,443.75 miles / 3,932 km
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1947


The Trunkline Pipeline is operated by Trunkline Gas Company, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners L.P. It connects to the Henry Hub, Egan Hub, and Perryville Hub. Its FERC code is 30.[2]

The pipeline project started on March 12, 1947, when independent owners of South Texas gas reserves incorporated Trunkline Gas Supply Company. In 1949–1950, the project was taken over by Panhandle Eastern energy company.[3]

In 1998, the pipeline was acquired by CMS Energy from Duke Energy, which absorbed Panhandle Eastern few years earlier.[4]

In 2012, it was announced that a 770-mile section of the pipeline would be converted to crude oil pipeline to transport Canadian and Bakken Shale oil from Patoka, Illinois, to St. James, Louisiana.[5] This project was cancelled.[6] In 2014, the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline Project (ETCOP) was announced. ETCOP will use 678 miles of the existing 30-inch Trunkline, which will be converted and reversed. In addition, 66 miles of new pipeline will be built. In Patoka, Illinois, the ETCOP will connect with the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. ETCOP will run through Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, and its terminus will be near Nederland, Texas. The pipeline would have a capacity of 450,000–570,000 barrels per day.[6][7] The ETCOP and the Bakken pipeline began operating in second quarter 2017.[8]

Articles and resources


  1. Trunkline Gas Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed September 2017
  2. [1], FERC, accessed January 2018
  3. Castaneda, Christopher J.; Smith, Clarance M. (2003). Gas Pipelines and the Emergence of America's Regulatory State: A History of Panhandle Eastern Corporation, 1928–1993. Cambridge University Press. pp. 128–131. ISBN 9780521567329.
  4. "CMS Buys Panhandle, Trunkline to Feed Midwest Power". Natural Gas Intelligence. 1998-11-09. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  5. Smith, Christopher E. (2013-02-20). "Enbridge, Energy Transfer to convert Trunkline segment to crude service". Oil & Gas Journal. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "ETP to build Bakken crude line to Nederland". Argus Media. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  7. "Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline Project (ETCOP)" (PDF). Energy Transfer Partners. September 2014. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  8. Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (ETCOP), Enbridge website, accessed September 2017

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