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Money Varcoe: Three oil pipeline projects inch toward goal-line for Canada

18:25  17 january  2020
18:25  17 january  2020 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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a train sitting on the side of a mountain: Steel pipe to be used in the oil pipeline construction of Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain Expansion Project sit on rail cars at a stockpile site in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada May 29, 2018. © Dennis Owen Steel pipe to be used in the oil pipeline construction of Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain Expansion Project sit on rail cars at a stockpile site in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada May 29, 2018.

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On Canada’s pipeline playing field, there have been more head fakes and false starts than at a weekend flag football game. 

But reading through this week’s status report on the long-delayed Keystone XL project, it sure seems like TC Energy Corp. plans to move ahead with the US$8-billion pipeline.

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The Canol pipeline was built to carry crude oil from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, in Canada to Alaska, USA, during World War II. The routing was to Johnsons Crossing and then along the Alaska highway to Whitehorse, Yukon, where a refinery was built.

And Thursday’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada , rejecting a move by the British Columbia government to limit heavy oil moving into that province and control what flows through the Trans Mountain pipeline, is a victory for that project.

More significantly, the three major oil pipeline developments that would expand take-away capacity out of Western Canada — Keystone XL, the Trans Mountain expansion and Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project — are all gaining traction at the same time.

It’s fuelling expectations a cure may finally be at hand for Western Canada’s pipeline woes.

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“This has been the nirvana that everyone has been trying to get to for the last 10 years,” said former TransCanada executive Dennis McConaghy.

The first major piece of pipeline progress came earlier this week on the Keystone XL project.

TC Energy, the Calgary-based company formerly known as TransCanada, has yet to make a final investment decision but is slowly pushing the development forward.

First pitched in 2008, the project would move 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Western Canada to Steele City, Neb., where it would ultimately be shipped to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners.

It’s been on an uncertain path for more than a decade, with U.S. President Barack Obama rejecting the cross-border project in 2015. Two years later, President Donald Trump approved it, although Keystone XL has also faced a series of legal challenges from opponents.

A status report filed with a U.S. court this week outlines the company’s plans for starting pre-construction activities next month , as well as construction work later this year.

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Speaking before the Grey Cup last November, Premier Rachel Notley told a Calgary business audience that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was “on the one-yard line .”. To date, no touchdown has been scored. In fact, the ball has been moving in the wrong direction recently.

This isn’t a final investment decision (FID) by the pipeline company.

However, the filing is consistent with what TC Energy needed to do to keep the project on track for construction starting in 2020 on a two-year build, said McConaghy, who worked on the Keystone XL initiative before retiring from TransCanada.

“I fully expect them to be spending more money and that’s really the significant thing. This implies more real spending over the summer,” he said.

“This really is, de facto, almost like an FID.”

a long road with grass on the side of the road:  FIle photo of unused pipe, prepared for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, sit in a lot on October 14, 2014 outside Gascoyne, North Dakota. © Andrew Burton/Getty Images files FIle photo of unused pipe, prepared for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, sit in a lot on October 14, 2014 outside Gascoyne, North Dakota.

TC spokesman Terry Cunha said the company is still awaiting permits from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Army Corps of Engineers, but all major approvals in Canada have been received.

The legal risks facing the project are diminishing, although more challenges could be launched by opponents seeking an injunction to stop construction.

More protests are also likely.

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Three new major pipeline developments — Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project , the Trans Mountain expansion and Keystone XL — won’t be But for some Canadian oil producers, it’s the only available option to get their crude to customers. Chris Varcoe is a Calgary Herald columnist.

There are also political factors to consider.

A report by Stifel FirstEnergy pointed out one headwind is the 2020 U.S. presidential election, given the “significant opposition to the project from prominent Democratic presidential candidates.”

But this week’s update is modestly positive, setting goalposts for construction work over the next year, the report said.

The other significant pipeline news came Thursday afternoon on the Trans Mountain expansion project.

The top court quickly rejected an attempt by B.C.’s government to try to regulate the product that could move through the federally owned pipeline, which ships oil from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C.

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage said if B.C. had prevailed, it would have allowed different sets of rules to be created across each province governing the shipment of oil in federally regulated pipelines.

That would have been a mess.

“It was a clear and decisive decision that sets out a clear message to governments — to all governments — that they need to stay in their own lane,” Savage told reporters in Calgary.

a person smiling for the camera:  Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy speaks to media as the TMX is back on at the McDougall Centre in Calgary on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy speaks to media as the TMX is back on at the McDougall Centre in Calgary on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

Another key ruling is forthcoming on a legal challenge by several First Nations surrounding Ottawa’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain expansion last year.

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Kenya Crude Oil Pipeline , also Lokichar–Lamu Crude Oil Pipeline , is a proposed crude- oil pipeline in Kenya. The pipeline will originate in the oil -rich South Lokichar Basin, near the town of Lokichar, in northwest Kenya to end at Port Lamu, on the Indian Ocean.

Canadian oil firm, TransCanada, has announced plans to construct an oil pipeline that will run from western Canada to the Atlantic coast, Reuters The pipeline project will link new construction with 1,900 miles of an existing natural gas line . It could deliver crude to refineries in Montréal, Québec and

But Thursday’s ruling was a helpful step for the energy sector, said McConaghy, who published a book last year on the breakdown in Canada’s pipeline debate .

“This removes another distraction and hurdle that could have set the project back,” he said.

Individually, these developments appear constructive for a province that desperately needs more energy infrastructure. But the big pipeline picture is also starting to come together.

With construction restarting on the Trans Mountain expansion last year and Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project expected to be completed on the U.S. side of the border — either later this year or in 2021 — the pipeline congestion that has constrained Canada’s oilpatch could end within a couple of years.

“This is a big change from where we were a year ago when all three projects were kind of at a standstill,” analyst Patrick Kenny of National Bank Financial said Wednesday.

“It opens the door for that next wave of oilsands growth.”

In its most recent forecast, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers projected the country’s total oil output would increase by almost 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2035 to reach almost 5.8 million bpd.

Adding about 1.7 million bpd of pipeline capacity within the next several years would help unlock production growth, although other factors — such as oil prices and climate policies — will play a pivotal role.

“There is a story where Western Canada may move beyond this period of constraint to being an unconstrained market again,” said Kevin Birn of energy consultancy IHS Markit.

These three major projects aren’t finished yet. More twists and turns could happen in the next year or two.

But there is a sense that all of these pipeline gains are slowly moving the province a little bit closer to the goal-line.

Chris Varcoe is a Calgary Herald columnist.

cvarcoe@postmedia.com


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