Deliveries start on TransCanada's Keystone pipeline

July 2, 2010

TransCanada announced on July 30 that it had completed line fill on the first phase of the Keystone Pipeline and that deliveries from Hardisty, Alberta to Wood River and Patoka, Illinois had commenced.

The construction of the first phase of Keystone, which will have a capacity of 435,000 barrels per day, involved the conversion of 864 kilometers of existing gas pipeline to oil service, the construction of 2177 kilometers of new 30” pipeline, and the construction of 39 new pump stations. 

Construction of the second phase of Keystone, a 480 kilometer expansion to Cushing, Oklahoma, will increase the capacity of the pipeline to 591,000 barrels per day and is expected to be in service in 2011. 

TransCanada has  already announced plans for the final phase of Keystone expansion (Keystone XL), which will take an additional 500,000 barrels per day to the U.S. Gulf Coast.  

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