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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, common carrier carbon steel pipeline and ancillary facilities. The pipeline's capacity is expected 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 that are currently 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 so that the area can prosper and people can maintain their quality of life.

 

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Three complimentary work streams are currently ongoing for the project

EIS Work Stream: The U.S. Forest Service, the environmental lead agency on the project, is overseeing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the project’s full 135 miles. Now through the end of August, environmental experts are performing environmental and cultural surveys through visual inspection of the proposed pipeline route area. The USFS is also meeting with federal, state and local regulators and those charged with overseeing and managing the areas’ environmental and cultural resources. 

Stakeholder Engagement Work Stream: The project manager, members of our communications team and our permit agents are proactively meeting with stakeholders to gather and share information, find workable solutions when needed, and identify project deliverables. 

Engineering Work Stream: Our engineering team is gathering more detailed information on the proposed route area, the origin and pump station sites, conducting modeling tests, and analyzing design features of the project. This team is working closely with the other two work streams to incorporate information gleaned into their work product.  

Each of these work streams plays a role in defining our route options and construction considerations.