Pipelines seen limiting Canadian oil sands growth

06/12/2006
Pipeline capacity could pose a greater constraint on future Canadian oil sands development than water or natural gas availability, government officials suggested on June 6.“Pipeline capacity will be tight by 2007. There will be some incremental increases from then until 2009. Beyond that, more capacity will be needed,” said Colette Craig, a resource analyst with the Canadian National Energy Board.Refiners in Canada and the US Upper Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and Washington state are poised to take more crude oil, and export pipelines already have expanded in response, she said.But future export pipeline growth will depend on factors ranging from overseas competition to blends r...
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