US liquids terminal and pipeline operator NuStar Energy is to expand the capacity of a pipeline that runs from Amarillo, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project should be completed by mid-2022.

NuStar jointly owns the ATA refined products pipeline with Phillips 66. It currently has a capacity of 34,000 bpd and the incremental expansion will allow the transport of an additional 6,000 bpd of refined products including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. 

“The Albuquerque Pipeline upgrades will help ensure ample refined product supply for the market, which has lost production due to a recent refinery closure in the state. Working with Phillips 66 Partners, we are excited that we can provide this additional capacity for our shippers and the region, whilst also achieving the environmental benefits this project provides,” said NuStar president and CEO Brad Barron.

NuStar said it will replace two existing diesel pumps with more efficient electric pumps and install a modern, efficient, diesel-driven pump. The upgrades will provide for higher flow and reduce emissions. 

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9th March 2021