To link Uinta Basin’s waxy crude oil production with the Salt Lake area refineries, Uinta Express Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Tesoro Refining and Marketing LLC, is proposing to build the Uinta Express Pipeline.
The project will consist of an approximately 135-mile, 12-inch, buried, insulated, carbon steel pipeline and ancillary facilities. It will be a common carrier pipeline with an expected capacity to be around 60,000 barrels per day. Market conditions and further analysis will determine the project’s precise specifications.
The proposed pipeline will provide a safe and efficient way to move waxy crude currently being trucked to the refineries. The pipeline will take about 250 tanker trucks off the road daily that are making roundtrips from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City. The project will generate an economic boost by creating temporary and permanent jobs, facilitating the usage of local Utah crude and helping to provide an important piece of energy infrastructure to meet demand.
The final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Record of Decision will be released in December 2015 followed by a 45-day objection period. The U.S. Forest Service will issue its final Record of Decision once this period is complete.