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Eastern Gulf Crude Access Pipeline Project (EGCAP)

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Eastern Gulf Crude Access Pipeline Project (EGCAP) (also known as the Patoka St. James Oil Pipeline and the Trunkline reversal) is a proposed oil pipeline in the United States.[1]

Location

The pipeline runs from Patoka, Illinois, to St. James, Louisiana.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Energy Transfer Partners, Enbridge[1]
  • Current capacity:
  • Proposed capacity: 420,000 barrels per day (bpd)
  • Length: 1127 kilometers (700 miles)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Start Year:

Background

The Eastern Gulf Crude Access Project (EGCAP) was a proposed 420,000 bpd crude oil pipeline proposed by Energy Transfer Partners and Enbridge. It would run from the Patoka Oil Terminal Hub directly to refinery markets along the Mississippi River and the Louisiana Gulf Coast, including to the crude oil terminal hub in St. James, Louisiana (the St. James Hub). It would use 575 miles of the underutilized Trunkline Gas Pipeline.[1]

The project was announced in June 2013. In November 2013, Energy Transfer Partners revealed that the proposal had not received enough shipper interest to proceed with building the final leg of the project – a 160-mile lateral pipeline from Boyce to St. James, Louisiana. That final link to St. James would have provided direct pipeline access for the proposed Dakota Express Oil Pipeline, for shippers from North Dakota to Mississippi River and Louisiana Gulf Coast refineries. Energy Transfer is now considering terminating the EGCAP pipeline at the Nederland Terminal close to Port Arthur, Texas. Also in November 2013 Energy Transfer’s memorandum of understanding with Enbridge to jointly finance EGCAP expired.[2]

As of 2017 the project has not moved forward.

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