Monday, March 16, 2009

Trans Canada Pipelines- Implications.

The output of the tar sands is currently about 1.3 to 1.5 million barrels of polished crude per day and is being moved in pipelines to the US.

Where is the new crude going to come from? Expansion in the tar sands or from up-graders around Hardisty?

Trans Canada are currently building the Keystone Pipeline into the Texas gulf

This first pipeline will have a capacity of 435,000 barrels per day late this year and that capacity will expand to 590,000 barrels per day next year.

Trans Canada are making an application for a long planned second pipeline capable of 900,000 barrels per day. All apparently directed to the movement of McMurray crude. The pipeline will swing through Oklahoma and Nebraska which many refineries of their own.

The capabilities of these pipelines is 1.5 million barrels per day which means the output of the tar sands is expected to be doubled by the end of 2010.

We can guess what the next election is going to be about.

Where is the openness this Government talks about?

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