Magellan Midstream moves forward in reversal of oil pipeline to support West Texas crude

Source: Magellan Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP) is proceeding with permitting and final engineering for the potential reversal and conversion of a portion of the partnership's Houston-to-El Paso pipeline crude oil service. 

The reversed pipeline system would have a capacity of up to 200,000 barrels per day. Recent expressions of interest received from potential shippers indicate sufficient support exists to justify the project. However, the partnership will make a definitive decision on this project once binding agreements are executed. 

"Recent market dynamics continue to favor the reversal and conversion of Magellan's Houston-to-El Paso pipeline to crude oil service as new outlets for West Texas crude oil are sought by producers," said Mike Mears, Magellan CEO. "We believe our pipeline system coupled with the crude oil distribution system purchased last year would provide the most direct and cost-efficient route to deliver West Texas crude oil to the refineries on the Houston Ship Channel and Texas City." 

Management continues to finalize the scope of this project and to negotiate binding agreements with shippers and expects to make a decision on this project within the next 2 months. If the project is approved and this schedule is maintained, the partnership expects the reversed crude oil pipeline to be operational within 18 to 24 months.

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