Auger Oil Pipeline

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Auger Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline system in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that transports medium sour crude from producers in eastern Garden Bank and Keathley Canyon block.[1][2]


The pipeline runs from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to Ship Shoal, Louisiana.[3]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Shell[1]
  • Current capacity: 200,000 barrels per day from the Gulf of Mexico to Ship Shoal[3]
  • Length: 174 miles (280 km)[4]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1994


Auger is a 174-mile offshore Gulf of Mexico pipeline system that transports crude from producers in eastern Garden Banks and Keathley Canyon blocks from more than 13 different production fields.[4][2] Auger transports oil for producers to two crude market options: (1) the 20-inch pipeline delivers to Ship Shoal pipeline at Ship Shoal 28 for delivery to the St. James market hub (Bonito Sour crude), and (2) the 12-inch pipeline delivers to Eugene Island pipeline for delivery to the Houma market hub (Eugene Island crude).[2]

In November 2015, Shell Midstream Partners, LP acquired the Auger Pipeline System as part of an acquisition of Pecten Midstream LLC from Shell Pipeline Company LP.[4]

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