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Fort Smith-to-Little Rock fuel pipeline planned

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — An energy company is planning a $150 million fuel pipeline that's to run from Fort Smith to Little Rock, which officials say will mean fewer tanker trucks on Interstate 40.

Magellan Midstream Partners of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has an agreement with Ozark Gas Transmission, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy Partners, to use 160 miles of an existing 12-inch pipeline that runs from near Fort Smith to central Arkansas.

The company, which announced the project Tuesday, will have to build a 14-mile spur between the line and its Fort Smith distribution facility, as well as a 38-mile connection south from the line to Little Rock.

The line will transport up to 75,000 barrels per day of gasoline, diesel or jet fuel and is expected to be complete in early 2016, pending regulatory approvals.

"We believe the entire market demand in central Arkansas is approximately 90,000 barrels per day," Magellan Midstream Partners spokesman Bruce Heine said.

The company said it will supply refined petroleum products to the Little Rock market from a variety of sources, including fuel supplied through other pipelines from mid-continent and Gulf Coast refineries.

Jet fuel is now delivered to Little Rock-area airports by tank trucks and a pipeline from El Dorado supplies diesel fuel.

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