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Marathon Pipeline Seeks to Attract Shippers through Non-Binding Open Season

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Marathon Pipeline LLC, operator of the 40-inch, 1.2M b/d capacity Capline pipeline, announced today plans involving the launch of a non-binding open season, newswires report. This is an attempt to regain shippers’ interest in a proposed reversal of the Capline which currently transports crude oil from St. James Louisiana to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline which was once the largest in the US has suffered steep drops in volumes over the last few years, with last year’s flow at only 360K b/d, less than a third of its total capacity. The non-binding open season will run from 17 October through 17 November, and southbound flow could be operational by the second half of 2022. The reversed pipeline would have an initial capacity of 300,000 b/d and be able to receive crude from connecting carriers at Patoka, while at St. James, shippers would have access to a distribution network comprising of refineries, terminals, ships, barges and rail.