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Friday, April 10, 2009

Calnev Pipeline

The Calnev Pipeline is a 550 miles (885 km) long buried oil pipeline in the United States that carries gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel from Los Angeles refineries in California to Nellis Air Force Base on the northeast side of Las Vegas, Nevada. It carries approximately 128,000 barrels per day (5,380,000 gallons or 20.4 megaliters). Jet fuel from the pipeline is also sent to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. There are two pipes with diameter of 14 inches (356 mm) and 8 inches (203 mm). The pipeline is owned by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.

On May 25, 1989, the Calnev Pipeline ruptured in a San Bernardino, California neighborhood due to damage from the cleanup of a train derailment that occurred thirteen days earlier. The resulting gasoline fire killed two people and destroyed eleven homes.

On July 23, 2007, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced that it will expand the pipeline by constructing additional 16 inches (406 mm) pipeline alongside the existing pipeline. It will increase the pipeline capacity up to 200,000 barrels per day (32,000 m³/d), and with additional pumping stations even over 300,000 barrels per day (48,000 m³/d).

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