Summit Midstream Partners LP (SMLP), The Woodlands, Tex., reported the start of operations of the Stampede Lateral crude oil transmission pipeline in North Dakota. SMLP is currently in the final stages of completing the nearby Little Muddy crude oil pipeline, which includes an interconnect with Enbridge Inc.’s North Dakota Pipeline System (OGJ Online, Jan. 13, 2015).
These crude oil development projects provide customers on the Polar & Divide gathering system with two new delivery points and access to additional downstream markets via rail and pipeline. Prior to the commissioning these projects, crude oil on the Polar & Divide system was delivered exclusively to the Colt Hub rail terminal in Epping, ND.
The Stampede Lateral connects SMLP’s Polar & Divide crude oil gathering system with Global Partners LP’s Basin Transload rail terminal near Columbus, ND. The Stampede Lateral provides Global and other producers in the region with as much as 60,000 b/d of oil throughput capacity. The 46-mile, 10-in. transmission line originates at SMLP’s newly built Divide Station, which offers truck unloading capabilities and 75,000 bbl of oil storage capacity. The Stampede Lateral is underpinned by a long-term, fee-based contract with Global, including minimum volume commitments. Crude oil on the Stampede Lateral is delivered to Global’s Basin Transload rail terminal, which offers single line haul rail access to Global’s Albany, NY, terminal.
The Little Muddy pipeline will connect SMLP’s Polar & Divide crude oil gathering system with Enbridge’s North Dakota Pipeline System in Williams County, ND, via Enbridge’s Little Muddy Facility near Marmon, ND. This development project includes 14-miles of 10-in. oil transmission pipeline with throughput capacity of 27,000 b/d. Crude oil delivered to the Little Muddy Interconnect will gain pipeline access to various downstream markets including Chicago, Patoka, Cushing, eastern Canada, and the Gulf Coast.