Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. announced the extension of its open season to solicit customer commitments for the potential expansion of the partnership's New Mexico refined petroleum products pipeline. Significant interest has been expressed from potential shippers, and the extension provides interested customers additional time to finalize commitments. Binding commitments are now due by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on March 31.
The nearly 250-mile pipeline segment currently transports various grades of gasoline and diesel fuel from Magellan's terminal in El Paso, Texas to terminals in Albuquerque, New Mexico owned by Marathon and Vecenergy. Expansion of the pipe segment would provide the New Mexico market additional access to refined products from El Paso-area and Gulf Coast refineries via Magellan's extensive pipeline system.
The capital-efficient expansion would increase the pipeline's capacity by more than 5,000 barrels per day (bpd), to a new total capacity in excess of 30,000 bpd. The higher capacity could be available in mid-2022 following the addition of incremental pumping capabilities.