Bakken-to-Cushing Oil Pipeline

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Bakken-to-Cushing Oil Pipeline was a proposed oil pipeline in the United States that was canceled in December 2014.[1]


The pipeline would originate in Stanley, North Dakota and terminate in Cushing, Oklahoma.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Enterprise GP Holdings, as Enterprise Product Partners[1]
  • Proposed capacity: 700,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 1,200 miles (1,931 km)
  • Status: Cancelled


The 30-inch diameter Bakken-to-Cushing crude oil pipeline was a proposed crude oil pipeline that would have run 1,200 miles from the Williston Basin in North Dakota to Cushing, Oklahoma.[2] The pipeline would have also served the Power River and Denver-Julesburg Basins and transported up to six grades of crude oil and products, such as Rockies Condensate and Processed Condensate.[3] Its initial capacity would have been 340,000 barrels per day, expandable to 700,000 barrels per day.[2] The pipeline was originally planned to be completed by the end of 2016.[4]

Enterprise Products Partners announced the pipeline in June 2014.[4] Enterprise opened the binding open commitment period to determine shipper demand for capacity on 4 September 2014.[3] In October 2014, Enterprise extended the deadline for binding open commitments to 14 November 2014.[5] The project was subsequently canceled in December 2014.[1]

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