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Our History

With the goal of creating the safest, most efficient pipeline possible, gentlemen from ten different oil companies came together to form Explorer Pipeline in the late 1960s. It’s an apt name for the company that forged a new trail to bring petroleum products from the Gulf Coast to markets throughout the Midwest.

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Commitment to Safety

Explorer is known for its high safety standards and others are taking notice. The National Safety Council and the American Petroleum Institute have recognized the company with safety awards including API’s Occupational Safety Performance Award.

Community Outreach

Our employees aren’t shy to roll up their sleeves to improve their communities. Whether it’s helping science students prepare for a state competition or aiding conservation efforts in south Texas, we get involved to make a difference.

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Explorer Pipeline’s mission is to be the pipeline of choice, focused on responsibly moving energy while maximizing value for employees, shippers and shareholders.

About Explorer Pipeline

Explorer operates a 1,830-mile common carrier pipeline that transports gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest. Through connections with other refined petroleum products pipelines, we serve more than 70 major cities in 16 states.

On our system, which has a capacity of 660,000 barrels a day, it takes as few as 11 days to move a barrel of product from the Gulf Coast region to the Chicago area.

With headquarters in Tulsa, Explorer is owned by Phillips66, Marathon, Sunoco Logistics and Shell.

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