Capline Pipeline soliciting formal shipper interest on reversal that could benefit Canadian crude

Map: Capline Pipeline

The owners of the Capline Pipeline have started a formal binding open season to gauge market interest on reversing the flow of the pipeline in order to ship more crude from the U.S. Midwest to the Gulf Coast.

Capline is a 40-inch, 632-mile pipeline system extending from Patoka, Ill., to St. James, La. While it is majority owned by Plains All American Pipeline, it is operated by a subsidiary of interest-owner Marathon Petroleum.

The companies initially announced the plan to reverse the pipeline to flow southbound in late 2017.

Pending a successful open season, and subject to necessary regulatory approvals, Capline said it will continue project development, with service expected to commence in September 2020.

The project would likely benefit Canadian oil production by helping expand access into the Gulf Coast, the world’s largest heavy oil refining cluster.