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Express-Platte

Map: Express-Platte Pipeline 

Express System Facts

  • Length: 785 miles (1263 km)
  • Diameter: 24 inch
  • Transportation Capacity: approximately 280,000 bpd (44,800 m3/d)
  • Transit time: Approximately  12 days
  • Pump stations: 19
  • Ownership interest: 100 percent Spectra Energy Partners, LP
  • Regulator: National Energy Board (Canadian segment), and U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Pipeline Safety and the Federal Energy Regulator Commission (U.S. segment)

Platte System Facts

  • Length: 932 miles (1500 km)
  • Diameter: 20 inch
  • Transportation Capacity: Approximately 164,000 bpd (26,000 m3/d) from Casper to Guernsey, and approximately 145,000 bpd (23,000 m3/d) from Guernsey to Wood River
  • Transit time: Approximately 15 days
  • Pump stations: 19
  • Ownership interest: 100 percent Spectra Energy Partners, LP
  • Regulator: U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Pipeline Safety, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Wyoming Public Service Commission.

The Express-Platte Pipeline System is one of three critical pipelines that transport crude oil from Western Canada to the United States. Express-Platte is comprised of the Express and the Platte crude oil pipelines. This 1,700- mile (2,700-km) integrated oil transportation network connects Canadian and U.S. producers to refiners in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions of the United States. In addition, the system includes 44 storage tanks with a total capacity of 4.8 million barrels (MMBbls), and 38 pump stations to boost the flow of oil.

Express Pipeline

The Express pipeline receives a variety of light, medium and heavy crude oil produced in Western Canada at Hardisty, Alberta, a rapidly growing Canadian oil hub, and transports it to refiners in the U.S. Rocky Mountain states. The Express pipeline interconnects with the Platte pipeline at Casper, Wyoming. Accompanying facilities include 10 storage tanks (1.4 MMBbls total capacity) that provide flexibility on shipment timing and product mix. Flow through the pipeline is boosted by 19 pump stations with 156,000 horsepower.

Platte Pipeline

The 932-mile Platte pipeline transports up to 164,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Casper, Wyoming, to Guernsey, Wyoming, and 145,000 bpd from Guernsey to Wood River, Illinois. The pipeline brings crude oil predominantly from the Bakken and Western Canada to refiners in the Midwest, and is accompanied by 34 storage tanks (3.4 MMBbls total capacity) that provide flexibility on shipment timing and product mix. Flow through the pipeline is boosted by 19 pump stations with 64,000 horsepower.

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