Canadian pipeline infrastructure facing hurdles

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A file picture dated March 21, 2012 shows piping to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico, as they sit stacked at a storage yard in the TransCanada Pipe Yard near Cushing, Oklahoma, US.

Keystone XL review process may take more than 5 years, report finds


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The review process for pending or proposed pipeline networks in Canada, including the controversial Keystone XL, takes more than five years on average per project, a survey from IHS Markit found, cited by UPI.

Those time delays, along with US President Donald Trump‘s pledge to reconfigure regional trade policies, leaves parts of the Canadian energy market in limbo, the report found.

“Lessons from the timing of Keystone XL and concerns over a possible resurgence of US protectionism have highlighted the importance of market diversification,” it said.

Kevin Birn, the IHS director for regional energy projects, was quoted as saying by UPI that Canada remains a growth story with production volumes increasing since the oil price collapse.

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