Pipeline company seeks expansion

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Apr 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Pipe Line Company plans to ask regulators for approval to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities.

The company will ask the Public Utilities Commission to approve new pumping stations and upgrades at existing stations so that its newest pipeline can carry 350,000 barrels per day from Clearbrook in northwestern Minnesota to refineries in St. Paul Park and Rosemount. The project will not require the construction of new pipelines or the acquisition of new pipeline right-of-way.

Minnesota Pipe Line President Bob O'Hair says the Line 4 upgrade is intended to allow for more reliable deliveries to the refineries when its three older pipelines undergo maintenance and inspections or experience outages.

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