Wolverine Places Detroit Metro Access Pipeline in Service

Wolverine Pipe Line Company today announced the Detroit Metro Access Pipeline is now operational. The first commercial volume shipped Monday, March 6, 2017. The approximately 34-miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline, which connects to an existing Wolverine line, allows the pipeline company to deliver refined petroleum products from the Chicago area to consumers in Metropolitan Detroit.

Construction of the DMAP was finished in January and final pre-operational testing was conducted last month. The final phase of DMAP, restoration of the right-of-way, will be completed this spring. The company said it is committed to restoring landowner’s property in accordance to the agreement reached with individual landowners.

Wolverine’s newly constructed pipeline runs from Schneider Road in Washtenaw County’s Freedom Township to its Detroit Metro Station in Romulus. At Romulus, the pipeline connects to an existing Wolverine line that continues to Woodhaven in Southwestern Metropolitan Detroit.

With the new DMAP, Wolverine now has nearly 700 miles of pipeline in active service and can deliver up to 90,000 barrels per day of gasoline and diesel fuel products from the Chicago area to Metropolitan Detroit. The pipeline was built to meet or exceed all applicable federal and state regulatory requirements.

“There is a demand for additional gasoline and diesel fuel in the Detroit metropolitan area,” said Wolverine Pipe Line Company President Saul Flota. “The Detroit Metro Access Pipeline connects to our existing pipeline so we can bring gasoline products into southeast Michigan from refineries in the Chicago market. The new line was built to meet and often exceed federal and state regulatory requirements. We are committed to operating our pipelines in a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible manner protecting people, environment and property while satisfying the needs of our customers, and ultimately the motoring public.”

As part of the project, general contractor Minnesota Limited constructed the pipeline with union labor, with about 45 percent of the workers sourced from local halls. Other pipeline work was completed by specialized labor.

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