Koch Pipeline launches open season on proposed Bakken pipeline project
WICHITA -- Koch Pipeline announced today it will conduct Phase I of an open season for the Dakota Express Pipeline, a proposed pipeline to transport Bakken crude oil from western North Dakota to Hartford, Ill., and Patoka, Ill. Koch Pipeline also intends to explore a connection at Patoka, Ill., to the Eastern Gulf Crude Access Pipeline, which would be capable of delivering Bakken crude oil to eastern U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. Dakota Express Pipeline would begin service in 2016, with an expected initial capacity of approximately 250,000 bopd.
Koch Pipeline views the project as an opportunity for the company to meet the growing transportation needs required to support increased crude oil production in the Williston Basin. Koch Pipeline’s system is anticipated to provide a low-cost solution for shippers to access important crude oil demand centers.
Dakota Express Pipeline would include some new construction, while also utilizing Koch Pipeline’s existing Wood River Pipeline and Hartford terminal. Historically, the Wood River Pipeline has transported crude oil south to north from Hartford, Ill., to the Saint Paul, Minn., area. Koch Pipeline has completed an engineering viability study on reversing the flow of Wood River Pipeline, and utilizing it as part of the Dakota Express Pipeline system.
Phase I of the open season is expected to begin July 1, 2013, and will last 45 days. It will be non-binding and is intended to solicit expressions of interest from potential shippers. If sufficient shipper interest is received in Phase I, Koch Pipeline may proceed to Phase II of the open season, during which binding commitments would be sought.