Duchesne to Carbon Oil Pipeline
Priority Project of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition
Project starts in Myton, travels south along Wells Draw Road before traveling cross-country to Nine Mile Canyon. The alignment then follows the bottom of Nine Mile Canyon west to Soldier Creek to a load out facility near Wellington, UT.
The primary purpose of the corridor is to improve the export of oil produced in the Basin because it is currently isolated from the national rail network. The Duchesne to Carbon pipeline would connect a 33 million barrel annual supply of crude oil with the existing, underutilized rail transportation facilities in Carbon County.
This pipeline would provide a less expensive, safer, and more reliable freight transportation alternative to trucks.
Crude oil from the Uintah Basin tends to contain a large amount of paraffin, which creates several challenges for producers in the area. Most of the crude oil produced in the Basin is transported via truck, and because trucking is the most expensive form of oil transportation, this limits the distance the oil can profitably travel to a refinery and thus the price.
A pipeline would also improve flexibility of routing, capacity, and ability to transport crude oil produced within the Uintah Basin by pipeline to trains that could take it to refineries on both the Pacific and the Gulf Coasts.
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The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is a public implementation and ownership entity that allows its members to build essential regional infrastructure elements that span across county lines. The Coalition’s main roles are to identify revenue-producing infrastructure assets that will benefit the region. Its mission is to plan infrastructure corridors, procure funding, permit, design, secure rights-of-way and own such facilities.