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Plains, Marathon, BP move to next step in potential Capline oil pipe reversal

Plains All American Pipeline LP, Marathon Petroleum Corp. and BP Oil Pipeline Co. are moving into the planning stages of the possible reversal of the 40-inch, 1.2 million-barrel-per-day Capline, which transports crude oil from St. James, La., to Patoka, Ill.

The owners of the Marathon Pipe Line LLC-operated pipeline plan to study the next steps necessary for a possible binding open season, following a successful nonbinding open season that concluded Oct. 17, according to a Dec. 21 news release.

If placed in southbound service, Capline would have an initial capacity of 300,000 bbl/d and would be able to receive crude oil from connecting carriers at Patoka. Shippers can also access a distribution network at St. James, which includes refineries, terminals, ships, barges and rail.

Southbound flow is expected to begin in the second half of 2022, pending agreement among the owners.

Marathon Pipe Line is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX LP, the master limited partnership sponsored by Marathon Petroleum.

BP Oil Pipeline is a subsidiary of BP Plc.