30-inch Seaway Pipeline Becomes Operational

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02 May 1996
HOUSTON, Texas — ARCO Pipe Line Company (APL), as operator for the Seaway Pipeline Company, said today that the recently re-commissioned 30-inch crude oil pipeline became operational yesterday on schedule as part of the Seaway project. The line will carry crude oil from the Gulf Coast to terminal facilities in Cushing, Okla.

APL also stated that Seaway's Texas City to Cushing 20-inch line experienced an operational interruption when a quantity of a waxy, high pour point crude oil became isolated in the segment of the line between Galena Park and Teague, Texas. The interruption has temporarily halted deliveries of crude oil to Cushing on the 20-inch line.

Karen K Caldwell, president of ARCO Seaway, Inc, said, "APL is taking measures to restart the flow of oil in the 20-inch line. Startup of the 30-inch line from Freeport, Texas, to Cushing will meet customer needs in the interim and minimize any potential impacts on their scheduling requirements. We fully expect to have both lines operational in the near future in time to help meet the higher summer demand of refiners in the mid-Continent area."

Seaway's 30-inch pipeline has a design capacity of 270,000 barrels per day while the 20-inch line has a design capacity of 160,000 barrels per day. Seaway is a partnership between subsidiaries of ARCO (NYSE:ARC) and Phillips Petroleum Company (NYSE: P).

APL, headquartered in Houston, is a unit of ARCO Transportation Company, the pipeline and marine division of Los Angeles-based ARCO.

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