TransCanada files for US permit for Upland Pipeline project

TransCanada Corp. is asking the US government to permit its Upland Pipeline pipeline project.

The Calgary, Alberta–based company filed an application with the US State Department last week to receive a presidential permit that will let it construct a 200 mile pipeline across the US-Canadian border.

The proposed CAN$600 million Upland Pipeline Project is designed to transport up to 300 000 bpd of North Dakota crude to a connection in Saskatchewan. From there, approximately 70 000 barrels of that oil is expected to flow on TransCanada’s planned Energy East pipeline, which aims to ship up to 1.1 million bpd of oil nearly 3000 miles across Canada to refineries and ports along the country’s East Coast.

The rest of the capacity would feed other pipelines, although it wasn’t immediately clear which ones.

TransCanada’s move this week indicates the company isn’t backing down on its oil-shipping plans despite being embroiled in a cross-border political battle over its Keystone project for nearly seven years.

"Upland is a gathering system that will help move Williston Basin oil production to markets where it is needed," said Mark Cooper, a Spokesman for TransCanada. "A great deal of this oil is already being transported to market by rail. Upland will allow us to transport that oil by pipeline."

Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner

Sources: Wall Street JournalReuters

Published on 27/04/2015

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