New pipeline capacity eyed for rising Canadian oil sands output

Enbridge Inc., Calgary, has begun a long-range study to identify markets and pipeline needs for Alberta's rapidly expanding oil sands production.Both Enbridge and BC Gas Inc., Vancouver, BC, also are studying shorter-range concepts for pipelines to move bitumen from the Athabasca region to planned refinery capacity in the Edmonton area.Richard Bird, Enbridge group vice-president for transportation north, says the new study-with a 10-year planning horizon-is an expansion of a study done last year of oil market potential on the US West Coast, including California and Washington state, and incorporating Asia by tanker.That study considered a 30-in. line from Alberta to the US West Coast,...

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