March 2020, Vol. 247, No. 3


Reversed Capline Pipeline Set to Begin Light Crude Service in 2021

MPLX LP said the reversal of the Capline pipeline was on schedule, with the line expected to begin light crude service in mid-2021 and heavy crude service in 2022. Once the reversal is complete, the Capline will increase the flow of Canadian and Mid-Continent crude to the St. James, Louisiana, market. 

During the fourth quarter, MPLX completed the purge of the mainline, a process during which contaminants are removed from the piping. 

The Wink-to-Webster Permian crude oil project is 15%-owned by the company. The 1.5-MMbpd pipeline system is expected to be in service in early 2021, with all the contractable capacity covered by minimum volume commitments, MPLX said. 

Overall, the pace of new projects has slowed as production growth is expected to ease due to an expected reduction in new drilling for a second year in a row in 2020. 

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