September 2014

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HP Project Management: Pipeline expansion uses rerating to debottleneck services

The Colonial Pipeline connects refineries primarily on the US Gulf Coast with customer service markets across the southern and eastern US. In 2010, Colonial’s 5,500-mi pipeline was transporting a..

Piripavel, M., Schneider, S., Flowserve Corp.

The Colonial Pipeline connects refineries primarily on the US Gulf Coast with customer service markets across the southern and eastern US. In 2010, Colonial’s 5,500-mi pipeline was transporting about 2.1 MMbpd of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, home heating oil, military fuels, and other refined petroleum products. Increasing consumer demand, exacerbated by several refinery closings in the Northeast, triggered pipeline capacity issues. Since late 2010, high customer demand for space on Colonial Pipeline resulted in allocations, or customers receiving a pro-rated portion of their original order. Acutely aware of the capacity problem, and recognizing the business opportunity it presented

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