Colonial Pipeline to start deliveries to New Jersey on Friday

NEW YORK Fri Nov 2, 2012 1:52pm EDT

People stand in line with gas cans to fill at one of the few gas stations open on hard-hit Staten Island in New York City following Hurricane Sandy, November 2, 2012. Four days after superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. Northeast, rescuers on Friday were still discovering the extent of the death and devastation in New York and the New Jersey shore, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages and waits for relief supplies. REUTERS/Mike Segar

People stand in line with gas cans to fill at one of the few gas stations open on hard-hit Staten Island in New York City following Hurricane Sandy, November 2, 2012. Four days after superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. Northeast, rescuers on Friday were still discovering the extent of the death and devastation in New York and the New Jersey shore, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages and waits for relief supplies.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Colonial Pipeline, the nation's largest oil products pipeline, began deliveries to its tank farm in Linden, New Jersey, the terminus of the line, after it had shut for Hurricane Sandy earlier in the week.

It expects to deliver 700,000 bpd, which is about normal for the destination, spokesman Steve Baker said.

Earlier, Colonial said it restarted deliveries to Buckeye's Linden terminal and by later Friday it expects to restart two more delivery lines to other terminals, with another by the end of the day and two more over the weekend.

With the restart of these lines, about one-quarter of the shipper terminals served by Colonial from the Linden Tank Farm will be supplied.

The tank farm, which is the northern terminus of the 5,500 mile pipeline as well as the delivery point of the gasoline and heating oil contract on NYMEX futures.

(Reporting By Janet McGurty; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and M.D. Golan)

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