Plantation Pipe Line Company (PPL) is one of the largest refined petroleum products pipelines in the United States. It delivers approximately 600,000 barrels per day of gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and biodiesel through its 3,100-mile pipeline network, which originates in Louisiana and ends in the Washington, D.C. area. Along the way it serves various metropolitan areas including Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Washington D.C. area.
Plantation Pipe Line connects to 130 shipper delivery terminals throughout eight states, which are owned by petroleum refiners, marketers, military and commercial fuel users. Products come into the Plantation system from nine refineries in Mississippi and Louisiana, from other products pipeline systems, and via marine facilities on the Mississippi River. Products handled consist of motor gasoline, diesel (including biodeisel), kerosene, and commercial and military jet fuels.
Plantation receives products in minimum batches of 15,000 barrels for fungible movements (25,000 barrels for segregated movements) which are shipped through lines ranging in size from 6-inches to 30-inches in diameter. A batch leaving Baton Rouge, Louisiana may travel as much as 1,100 miles to reach a final destination such as Washington National or Dulles airports. Total travel time for such a trip is approximately 20 days. Products can be efficiently transported from Baton Rouge to a shipper's facility in Washington, D.C. for under three cents per gallon.