About Shell Pipeline Company LP
95 Years of Meeting America's Needs
Shell Pipeline Company LP has helped meet America’s energy needs for 95 years as we trace the beginnings of Shell in the pipeline business back to 1919 through the acquisition of Yarhola Pipe Line Company, later renamed Ozark Pipe Line Company.
We are a proud operator focused on reliability, pipeline integrity, and service to our customers. We currently own and operate 7 tank farms across the U.S., and transport more than 1.5 billion barrels of crude oil and refined products annually through 3800 pipeline miles across the Gulf of Mexico and 5 states. Our various non-operated ownership interests add an additional 8000 pipeline miles to our portfolio unlocking multiple interfaces to share best-practices with other pipeline operators.
We carry more than 40 different kinds of crude oil and more than 20 different grades of gasoline, as well as diesel fuel, jet fuel, chemicals, and ethylene – products that are fundamental to the American way of life.
Brochures for more information about Shell Pipeline and pipeline safety
For more information about Shell Pipeline and pipeline safety, download our brochures. The Baseline and Enhanced brochures provide information to further your awareness and knowledge about our pipeline operations in your community.
Protecting the Integrity of Our Assets
At Shell Pipeline Company, we take steps to preserve the integrity of our pipelines, storage tanks and facilities to help keep them safe, reliable and environmentally sound.
- We conduct risk and integrity assessments by performing scheduled inspections and integrating data from numerous sources.
- Using sophisticated computer and telecommunications equipment located along our pipeline system, we monitor our pipelines from our control centers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a problem is detected, we take quick action to correct it.
- We conduct frequent ground or aerial surveys along our pipeline routes, looking for any excavation activity or ground discoloration that could indicate a leak.
- We also periodically reassess our maintenance and damage prevention activities, looking for opportunities to improve them.
Interstate pipelines deliver over 12.9 billion barrels (542 billion gallons) of petroleum products each year.
About 59% of the petroleum products transported by pipelines is crude oil (7.6 billion barrels) and the remainder (5.3 billion barrels) is in the form of refined petroleum products.*
Crude oil is a raw material for making petroleum products.
Crude oil pipelines transport crude oil from onshore and offshore production wells and from coastal shipping terminals to refineries and chemical plants. At refineries, the oil is processed into refined products such as gasoline, heating fuel, diesel and oil feed stocks. At chemical plants, the oil feed stocks are processed into resins, plastics, chemicals and agricultural products. These base products are then manufactured into hundreds of products used in and around your home.
The Second Part of the Journey
Pipelines also handle the second part of the transportation journey--transporting the refined products to regional and local distribution centers. At the distribution centers, the products are loaded on to tanker trucks for further transportation to airports, service stations and to your home.