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Binding Expansion Open Season

Dakota Access, LLC ("Dakota Access") and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company, LLC ("ETCO") are pleased to announce a Binding Expansion Open Season ("Expansion Open Season") to solicit shipper commitments for expanded transportation service from the Bakken/Three Forks play in North Dakota to storage terminals located in Patoka, Illinois and Nederland, Texas through their respective pipeline systems (collectively, the “Bakken Pipeline System”). Dakota Access and ETCO anticipate that incremental capacity on the Bakken Pipeline System will be determined based on committed subscriptions made by shippers during the Expansion Open Season.

The Expansion Open Season provides interested parties with the opportunity for transportation service from the Bakken/Three Forks play to destinations in and around Patoka, Illinois or Nederland, Texas through a commitment to the Bakken Pipeline System.

Expansion Open Season Process

The Expansion Open Season commenced at 2:00 p.m. (Central) on October 19, 2018.

Bona fide potential shippers that desire to receive copies of the Expansion Open Season documents are required to execute a confidentiality agreement and may direct their requests for a confidentiality agreement to the following e-mail address:

To execute the confidentiality agreement, a potential shipper must:

  • (A) Insert its name, jurisdiction of incorporation or formation, email address, and contact information.

  • (B) Submit an executed copy via email to:

Confidentiality agreements that have been altered or amended in any way by a potential shipper, other than by the insertion of the shipper’s name, jurisdiction of incorporation or formation, e-mail address and contact information, may not be accepted, in which case the Expansion Open Season documents will not be provided to that shipper.

Potential shippers with inquiries about the Expansion Open Season or this notice should send such inquiries to the following email address:

The Dakota Access Pipeline ("Dakota Access") and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline ("ETCO"), collectively the "Bakken Pipeline" went into service on June 1, 2017. The Bakken Pipeline is a 1,915-mile, mostly 30-inch pipeline system that transports domestically produced crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks productions areas in North Dakota to a storage and terminalling hub outside Patoka, Illinois, and/or down to additional terminals in Nederland, Texas. The Bakken Pipeline is a joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners with a 38.25 percent interest, MarEn Bakken Company LLC ("MarEn") with a 36.75 percent interest, and Phillips 66 Partners with a 25 percent interest. MarEn is an entity owned by MPLX LP and Enbridge Energy Partners L.P.

The pipeline transports light, sweet crude oil from North Dakota to major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and more environmentally responsible manner than other modes of transportation, including rail or truck.

Dakota Access consists of approximately 1,172 miles of 30-inch diameter pipeline traversing North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. Crude oil transported on Dakota Access originates at six terminal locations in the North Dakota counties of Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie. The pipeline delivers the crude oil to a hub outside of Patoka, Illinois where it can be delivered to the ETCO pipeline for delivery to the Gulf Coast, or can be transported via other pipelines to refining markets throughout the Midwest.

ETCO consists of more than 700 miles of mostly 30-inch converted natural gas pipeline from Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, where the crude oil can be refined or further transported to additional refining markets.

To learn more about Dakota Access visit, or click on the project site link below: