Oil Shipments Through KXL’s Southern Leg Begin Next Month

CUSHING, OK - MARCH 22: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. Obama is pressing federal agencies to expedite the section of the Keystone XL pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast. 
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Clare Foran
Dec. 18, 2013, 1:11 a.m.

Tran­sCanada, the com­pany with plans to build the north­ern ex­ten­sion of the Key­stone XL pipeline cross­ing in­to Canada, an­nounced Tues­day it will be­gin oil ship­ments through the south­ern leg of the pipeline to­ward the end of next month, ac­cord­ing to Fuel Fix.

The north­ern leg of the pipeline re­quires a pres­id­en­tial per­mit to be com­pleted and is cur­rently pending re­view at the State De­part­ment. The south­ern leg, however, has already been con­struc­ted and runs from Cush­ing, Okla., to Neder­land, Texas.

“This is an­oth­er im­port­ant mile­stone for Tran­sCanada, our ship­pers, and the re­finers on the U.S. Gulf Coast who have been wait­ing for this product to ar­rive,” Tran­sCanada spokes­man Shawn Howard com­men­ted. “Provid­ing this no­tice gives our cus­tom­ers time to en­sure that they have the ap­pro­pri­ate volumes of oil to move in­to our sys­tem when the pipeline is ready to go in­to full com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion.”

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