Bayou Bridge Pipeline could aid Bakken, DJ, Powder River shippers

By Luke Geiver | April 22, 2019

Energy Transfer LP and Phillips 66 Partners LP have announced plans to potentially expand crude oil shipper access on a Louisiana refinery-linked system to Bakken, Powder River, DJ Basin, and Permian producers.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline, jointly owned by the two entities, is already serving a Lake Charles, Louisiana refinery.

According to the companies involved, Bayou Bridge LLC will hold a binding expansion open season to finalize committed subscriptions. The incremental capacity that will be created on the various pipeline systems will be determined based on committed subscriptions made by shippers during the binding expansion open season.

The connection points could come from Patoka, Illinois, where the Dakota Access Pipeline moves Bakken crude through. Other connections points could include Cushing, Oklahoma and others yet to be determined in the Permian Basin region of West Texas.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which has a capacity of approximately 480,000 bbls/d, provides light and heavy crude oil service from different sources to the St. James crude oil hub, which is home to important refineries located in the Gulf Coast region. The 30-inch Nederland, TX, to Lake Charles, LA, segment went into service in April 2016, and the 24-inch Lake Charles to St. James, LA, segment was completed in March 2019. The Bayou Bridge pipeline offers producers, refiners, and marketers an efficient option to move barrels from origins in the Nederland, area to the refining demand centers around Lake Charles and St. James.