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ETP seeks Dakota Access expansion

31 Mar 2017, 4.38 pm GMT

ETP seeks Dakota Access expansion

Houston, 31 March (Argus) — Energy Transfer Partners is looking to expand its 470,000 b/d Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) even before the controversial pipeline begins full service.

Energy Transfer has launched a supplemental open season for incremental capacity on the line that will transport crude from the Bakken shale in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, for further delivery to the US Gulf coast. The company is considering boosting capacity on DAPL to as much as 570,000 b/d depending on shipper interest.

The company is in the process of commissioning the pipeline and preparing to place it into service in the second quarter after completing a contested water crossing in North Dakota, according to a court filing earlier this week. The company said on 23 February that the line should be "fully line-packed and ready to go" prior to 1 June.

The open season also includes the Energy Transfer Crude Oil pipeline which stretches from Patoka to Nederland, Texas. Shippers have the option to sign up for a local DAPL tariff or a joint tariff on the two systems which would provide a direct route from the Bakken to the Gulf coast.

The open season notice did not specify a closing date.

DAPL was delayed for months amid large protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and regulatory delays. Former President Barack Obama's administration ordered new environmental reviews of the $3.8bn project. But President Donald Trump moved to rescind the order and an easement was issued for the final crossing on 8 February.

The Sioux Standing Rock tribe has vowed to continue a legal fight against the pipeline.

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