Westward Ho Oil Pipeline

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Westward Ho Oil Pipeline was a proposed oil pipeline in the United States.[1] The project was cancelled in 2015.


The pipeline was proposed to run from St. James, Louisiana, to Nederland, Texas.[2]

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Project details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Shell Pipeline Company LP[1]
  • Parent company: Shell plc
  • Capacity: 900,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 226 miles
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Start year: 2015


The Westward Ho Oil Pipeline was proposed by Shell in 2011 to move Gulf of Mexico and imported crudes from the St. James, Louisiana oil hub to the Houston, Texas area. It would have had a top capacity of 900,000 barrels per day, and was targeted to start in late 2015. The pipeline was called off by Shell in 2015 after a number of other pipelines in the region were implemented, including TC Energy’s 700,000 bpd MarketLink pipeline and Enterprise Products Partners’ 780,000 bpd pipeline from its ECHO hub in Houston, cutting down on demand for new pipeline capacity.[1]

The proposed pipeline would have crossed twenty-three state claimed-bodies of water including Bayou Verret, Bayou LaFourche, Lower Grand River, Mound Ditch, West Fork Bayou Pigeon, Jakes Bayou, Atchafalaya River, Lake Mongoulois, Old Bayou LA Romp, Bayou L'Embarass, Crocodile Bayou, Cahoula Coulee, Bayou Teche, Bayou Tortue, Vermillion River, Granges Coulee, Bayou Queue de Tortue, Mermentau River, Bayou Lacassine, Calcasieu River, Bayou Choupique, Intracoastal Waterway, Sabine River. In January 2018, the Gulf Restoration Network announced that its opposition to the project had been successful and the pipeline was cancelled.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Westward Ho Oil Pipeline, Reuters, accessed September 2017
  2. National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker, February 28, 2020
  3. "Victory! After our Challenge, Shell backs off Westward Ho project" Gulf Restoration Network accessed January 2018.

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