April 2, 2013 - Explorer Pipeline Approves Funding for Manhattan Extension Project
Explorer Pipeline announced today its Board of Directors has approved funding for Phase 1 of the Manhattan Extension Project. The project will include approximately 18 miles of new pipeline from Explorer’s existing 24” mainline north of Wood River, Illinois to Manhattan, Illinois the origin point for the Southern Lights pipeline. Explorer expects the project to be operational second quarter 2015.
“This direct connection to Southern Lights positions Explorer to capture a significant portion of the growing demand for the transportation of diluent,” said Dave Ysebaert, CEO of Explorer. “This connection along with our existing connectivity and other planned Gulf Coast and Midcontinent projects will provide the flexibility that our shippers value and have been asking for.”
Explorer Pipeline is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has approximately 200 employees. It transports refined petroleum products through a 1,900-mile pipeline system extending from Port Arthur, Texas to the upper Midwest and serving major markets, including Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, St. Louis and Chicago. The southern system currently has a capacity of 660,000 barrels per day and the northern system currently has a capacity of 450,000 barrels per day.