Tallgrass Energy LP extended an open season for a planned expansion of its Pony Express crude oil pipeline into Cushing, Okla., to accommodate newly secured commitments from shippers.
The open season for the pipeline's expansion will now close April 14 to reflect updated rates and contracting options, according to a March 14 news release. Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline LLC announced the open season Nov. 13, 2018, with an original closing date of Jan. 18, 2019.
The expansion would provide crude oil transportation from Wyoming and Colorado to refinery delivery points along the Pony Express system and to Cushing, Okla. Tallgrass said in November 2018 that it planned to add up to 300,000 barrels per day of capacity to the pipeline, beyond the partnership's expected year-end capacity of 400,000 bbl/d, if it gets enough shipper interest. The expansion was expected to be in full service in the third quarter of 2020.
Tallgrass operates across 11 states with transportation, gathering and other midstream assets serving crude oil and natural gas basins in the U.S.