Energy Intelligence - TC Energy Restarts Eastern Keystone Segment

December 15, 2022 – Energy Intelligence

TC Energy Restarts Eastern Keystone Segment

By Frans Koster

Canadian midstream firm TC Energy said it reopened a portion of its Keystone oil pipeline late Wednesday after a major spill shut down the entire system earlier this month. “TC Energy has communicated with its regulators and customers about today’s restart of the Keystone Pipeline section that extends from Hardisty, Alberta to Wood River/Patoka, Illinois,” the company said in a statement…

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“The heavy oil that’s accounted for the totality of Capline’s volumes since the pipeline started flowing south last December generally took about 50 days to move from Patoka to St. James,” said Housley Carr of RBN Energy.

“Increasing the flows of heavy oil … would reduce the delivery time by at least several days and possibly more than a week. Adding incremental light, low-viscosity oil to the volumes being shipped on Capline could reduce shipping time to 30 days or less.”

However, bottlenecks could still emerge. The available line space to Cushing cannot offset a prolonged outage of the closed Keystone segment, and deliveries from the Capline could pool at its St. James terminus.