IHS CERA: State Department's Keystone XL delay creates new uncertainties

11/21/2011
The US Department of State's Nov. 10 decision to delay a final recommendation on the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline's cross-border permit application so alternative routes can be considered will create new uncertainties for Canadian heavy oil producers as well as US refiners, an IHS CERA specialist said. "In the next few years, existing US Midwestern markets for Canadian oil sands will reach the saturation point," Jackie Forrest, oil sands dialogue senior director at IHS CERA, said on Nov. 11. "By 2015, without new pipeline solutions to bring oil sands barrels to markets outside the Midwest (such as the US Gulf Coast), oil sands production growth could stall for la...
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