Refined Products Pipelines
nation's crude oil pipelines transport crude oil from oilfields
to refineries where the oil is turned into dozens of useful products
such as gasoline, home heating oil, jet fuel, diesel, lubricants
and the raw materials for fertilizer, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Products pipelines then transport refined products to terminals
or local distribution centers. Refined products are then distributed
to the companies and consumers who rely on a steady and economically
transported supply of these products.
Most gasoline and diesel fuel supplies are delivered to the marketplace
by pipelines - from refineries to local distribution centers. Tanker
trucks carry gasoline only the last few miles of the trip to individual
service stations. Major American airports rely almost entirely on
pipelines, and have dedicated pipelines to deliver jet fuel directly
to the airport.
Almost all plastics are made from resins and other raw materials
derived from oil. From our office desks to children's toys, we touch
some sort of petroleum-based product almost every moment of our
There are approximately 95,000 miles nationwide of refined products
pipelines. Refined products pipelines are found in almost every
state in the U.S., with the exception of some New England states.
These refined product pipelines vary in size from relatively small
8 to 12 inch diameter lines up to 42 inches in diameter.
The map below shows major refined products pipelines in the U.S.
to learn more and view the complete report, How Pipelines
Make the Oil Market Work, Allegro Energy Group, December
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