Flooding Shuts Pipelines

Monday, January 4, 2016 @ 05:01 PM gHale

Flooding of the Mississippi River forced two pipelines feeding in and out of a refinery to shut down.

In one case, Spectra Energy Corp shut its Platte Pipeline that carries crude oil from Guernsey, Wyoming, to Wood River, Illinois, as a precaution due to flooding on the Mississippi River, the company said.

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Spectra said it will restart the pipeline as receding floodwaters permit.

The 932-mile Platte Pipeline transports up to 164,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Casper, Wyoming, to Guernsey and 145,000 bpd from Guernsey to Wood River.

The pipeline is the second crude system delivering into Wood River to shut as a result of flooding following severe weather throughout parts of the Midwest. Phillips 66 operates a 306,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Wood River.

On Tuesday, Enbridge confirmed its 200,000-barrel-per-day Ozark pipeline, which runs from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Wood River, shut due to the flooding.

Enbridge said there is no indication there is any damage to the pipeline, and the line will remain shut until conditions improve, the pipeline operator said.

The pipeline, also known as Line 51, crosses the Mississippi River in Missouri between West Alton and Hartford.

Line 51 pumps about 200,000 barrels of oil per day and runs 433 miles from Cushing to Wood River in southern Illinois where Philips 66 operates its refinery.

Four days of storms across the Midwest and Southwest have caused floodwaters to inundate homes, forced evacuations and closed highways and even part of the Mississippi River.

The Wood River refinery did not suffer any affects from the torrential storms.

The closure of the pipeline may stir concerns about mounting inventories in Cushing, OK, the nation’s main oil storage hub.