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Magellan Expands Its Western Leg of Petroleum Products Pipeline System

Tue August 14, 2018 - West Edition #17

Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. announced on July 30 an additional expansion of the western leg of its refined petroleum products pipeline system in Texas. Magellan had previously announced its plans to expand the capacity of this line segment to approximately 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) from its current capacity of 100,000 bpd. Based on additional committed volume received as part of its recent supplemental open season, the partnership now plans to expand this pipe capacity to 175,000 bpd.

The expanded capacity will handle incremental shipments of gasoline and diesel fuel to demand centers in Abilene, Midland/Odessa and El Paso, Texas, and New Mexico. The pipeline system also can access markets in Arizona and Mexico via connections to other pipelines.

Supported by long-term customer commitments, the expansion will be accomplished by a combination of increased pipeline diameter along the partnership's existing route and construction of 140 mi. of new pipe from Hearne to Alexander, Texas. Connectivity to the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's terminal in Wink, Texas, also will be added as part of the expansion.

“Magellan's expansion of our refined products pipeline system into West Texas provides our customers with continued flexibility to meet growing demand for gasoline and diesel fuel in the region with supply from our Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent origins,” said Michael Mears, chief executive officer. “Further, construction of the new pipeline segment between Hearne and Alexander has the strategic advantage of providing additional capacity along our extensive pipeline network to satisfy strong demand for refined products destined for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.”

Magellan now expects to spend approximately $500 million on this project, with the expanded capacity available mid-2020, subject to receipt of all permits and approvals.

Construction of new refined products terminals in both Midland and the Delaware Basin remain under review.

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