Calnev Pipeline

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Calnev Pipeline
Country United States
From Los Angeles, California
To Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada
General information
Type Oil products
Owner Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
Technical information
Length 550 mi (890 km)
Maximum discharge 0.128 Mbbl/d (~6.38×10^6 t/a)
Diameter 14 in (356 mm)

The Calnev Pipeline is a 550-mile (890 km) long buried refined oil products pipeline in the United States that is owned by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. The pipeline consists of two parallel lines, the larger, has a diameter of 14 inches (360 mm) and the smaller one has a diameter of 8 inches (200 mm).[1] The lines carry gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel from Los Angeles, California refineries as far as Nellis Air Force Base south of North Las Vegas, Nevada. It carries approximately 128,000 barrels per day (20,400 m3/d). Jet fuel from the pipeline is also delivered to the McCarran International Airport tank farm in Paradise. Additional terminal facilities are located in Barstow, California.

The line was the sole source for the products it delivers to Las Vegas until the Unev pipeline began operating in 2012. UNEV provides access to refined oil products from Utah.[2]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On December 22, 1980, the pipeline carrying jet fuel ruptured in the Las Vegas Valley, near Tropicana Avenue, spilling fuel for 2 hours. Later, the fuel ignited, forcing road closures. One firefighter was overcome by fumes. Between 50,000 and 100,000 US gallons (190,000 and 380,000 L) of jet fuel were spilled. Prior construction in the area was suspected of damaging the pipeline.[3]

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.

Expansion plans[edit]

On July 23, 2007, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced that it will expand the pipeline by constructing an additional 16-inch (410 mm) pipeline alongside the existing pipelines. It will increase the total pipeline system capacity to 200,000 barrels per day (32,000 m3/d), and with additional pumping stations to more than 300,000 barrels per day (48,000 m3/d).[4]


  1. ^ Seba, Erwin (2010-04-20). "Kinder Morgan shuts pipe carrying fuel to Las Vegas". Reuters. 
  2. ^ "Holly Energy Partners, L.P. Reports Record Fourth Quarter Results" (Press release). UNEV Pipeline, LLC. February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  3. ^,5016662&dq=pipeline+rupture&hl=en
  4. ^ "Kinder Morgan to Expand CALNEV to Las Vegas". Downstream Today. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2007-08-02.