Koch Pipeline Co. is exploring construction of a pipeline from the oilfields of western North Dakota to shipping hubs in Illinois.
On July 1, the company will start soliciting interest from shippers in the Dakota Express Pipeline to transport crude oil to Hartford, Ill., and Patoka, Ill. It would begin service in 2016 with an expected initial capacity of 250,000 barrels per day.
Koch Pipeline will also explore a pipeline connecting Patoka to the Eastern Gulf Crude Access Pipeline to deliver oil to Gulf Coast refineries.
The Dakota Express Pipeline would mean some new construction and reversing Koch Pipeline’s existing Wood River Pipeline and Hartford terminal. Historically, the Wood River Pipeline has transported crude oil south to north from Illinois to the Saint Paul, Minn. area.