Anadarko exercised its option to purchase a 20 percent equity ownership in the Saddlehorn Pipeline Co.
The announcement that a wholly owned subsidiary of Anadarko made the purchase was announced March 18. As a result, Magellan Midstream Partners and Plains All American Pipeline each have 40 percent interests with Anadarko making up the remaining 20 percent interest in the company.
“Magellan and Plains are pleased to have Anadarko as a partner in the Saddlehorn pipeline,” said Michael Mears, Magellan’s CEO and Greg L. Armstrong, chairman and CEO of Plains All American. “Anadarko is a committed shipper and has a significant production presence in this region, adding further value to the pipeline project to deliver crude oil to the Cushing hub.”
Saddlehorn is a limited liability company that will construct, own and operate the Saddlehorn pipeline, an approximately 550-mile pipeline that will transport various grades of crude oil from the DJ Basin, and potentially the broader Rocky Mountain area resource plays, to storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma, owned by Magellan and Plains. The 20-in. pipeline will have an ultimate capacity to transport up to 400,000 barrels per day (bpd), but the initial capacity of the Saddlehorn pipeline is expected to be closer to 200,000 bpd.
An extension to Carr, Colorado, is also under consideration for connection to existing crude oil assets owned by Plains in that region. This lateral is being designed to provide additional shippers with flexible options and streamlined access into the Saddlehorn system.
The project is currently estimated to cost between $800 million and $850 million. Magellan will serve as construction manager and pipeline operator of the Saddlehorn system. Subject to receipt of necessary permits and regulatory approvals, the Saddlehorn pipeline is expected to be operational during mid-2016.