Dakota Express Pipeline could move 250,000 bpd of Bakken crude

By Luke Geiver | June 18, 2013

Koch Pipeline Co. L.P. wants to move Bakken-based crude to Illinois before potentially shipping the crude to the East Coast. The company announced it will conduct Phase I of an open season for a proposed pipeline called the Dakota Express Pipeline. The company is well-positioned to offer a competitive alternative to rail and other existing transportation options in the Bakken, according to Heidi Larson, company spokesperson. “KPL is a leader in pipeline system integrity management, often exceeding the industry and regulatory standards of pipeline integrity,” Larson said, adding that the company operates more than 4,000 miles of pipelines in six states, transporting crude oil, refined products, ethanol, natural gas liquids and chemicals. 

Larson said the company has not identified a minimum volume requirement for potential shippers interested in using the pipeline. If built, the pipeline would offer capacity of roughly 250,000 barrels of oil per day. Construction of the pipeline could be complete by 2016. 

The Dakota Express Pipeline project would connect to the Illinois towns of Patoka and Hartford. The company intends to explore the possibility of moving crude from Patoka to the Eastern Gulf Crude Access Pipeline that connects to East Coast refineries. 

To make the shipment of Bakken crude possible, the company has already completed an engineering study addressing the possibility of reversing the flow of another pipeline that sends product to Saint Paul, Minnesota area. “Should KLP receive sufficient shipper interest in the project, Wood River Pipeline may be reversed,” Larson said. Phase I of the open season call will begin July 1 and last for 45 days. The period is non-binding and intended to solicit interest from potential shippers. 

Shipper inquiries should be sent to Bruce Eldredge, business development manager for the company at DakotaExpressPipeline@kochpipeline.com