Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings Inc.
is proposing construction of a dual pipeline between Albany, N.Y., and northern New Jersey.
One pipe would carry refined products such as gasoline, diesel, heating oil, and jet and aviation fuel north, while the other pipe would be used to move crude oil south from Albany to refineries and terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey. Currently, these products move largely by barge up and down the Hudson River.
George Bochis, vice president of legal affairs at Pilgrim, said the project is still in the preliminary stage, with the company evaluating the feasibility of the project. However, the project website says it would be routed using existing utility and transportation corridors in New Jersey and New York.
Bochis said the company is looking at the possibility of building 20-inch pipelines. This would allow the company to move about 200,000 barrels of product north to Albany or to other cities such as Newburgh, Rensselaer and Selkirk through lateral pipelines.
The southern end of the pipeline would connect through interchanges in New Jersey with refineries and terminals in northern New Jersey, where the Colonial pipeline also brings product from the Gulf Coast.
A similar amount of product crude oil could move south through the other pipeline. Albany has become a major destination for trains bringing crude oil from the Bakken field, which would be delivered with the other pipe to refineries on the East Coast. Bochis said the pipeline would not be used to move tar sands oil, which requires special equipment.