Plains All American plans Shafter Expansion Project to support Oxy's Elk Hills processing plant in California

Source: Plains All American Pipeline

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) plans to construct its Shafter Expansion Project, which consists of a new Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) pipeline system and related upgrades to its Shafter LPG processing facility near Bakersfield, CA. 

The project is underpinned by a 5-year transportation agreement with a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) and is currently expected to cost approximately $50 million. The pipeline will link the Shafter facility with Occidental's Elk Hills gas processing plant and related infrastructure. PAA has targeted placing the project into service during the third quarter of 2012. 

The Shafter Expansion Project involves constructing a 15-mile LPG pipeline system with a designed throughput capacity of over 10,000 barrels per day as well as enhancing PAA's storage and rail capabilities at its Shafter facility. PAA's Shafter facility currently includes approximately 200,000 barrels of Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) storage, and a processing facility with butane isomerization capacity of 14,000 barrels per day and NGL fractionation capacity of 12,000 barrels per day. PAA anticipates investing approximately $30 million on the Shafter Expansion Project during 2011, and making the balance of the investment during 2012. 

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. is a publicly-traded master limited partnership engaged in the transportation, storage, terminalling and marketing of crude oil, refined products and liquefied petroleum gas and other natural gas related petroleum products. Through its general partner interest and majority equity ownership position in PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. (NYSE: PNG), PAA is also engaged in the development and operation of natural gas storage facilities. PAA is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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