Magellan launches open season for Niobrara pipeline to Cushing

Magellan Midstream Partners LP

Magellan Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: MMP) has launched an open season to assess customer interest to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to the partnership's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Magellan is in discussions with two major producers who have expressed interest in committing to the project, and Magellan intends to proceed with the project if commitments are received at currently negotiated levels from these producers.

The proposed Saddlehorn Pipeline includes construction of a 600-mile, 20-inch-diameter pipeline capable of transporting up to 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Platteville, Colorado, to Magellan's storage facilities in Cushing. Magellan expects to use its existing right-of-way for a significant portion of the pipeline route.

Subject to sufficient commitments from shippers and receipt of any necessary permits and regulatory approvals, the Saddlehorn Pipeline could be operational during the second quarter of 2016.

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