TransCanada is expected to begin moving crude oil through the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in January, Beaumount Enterprise reported. Domestic crude would be transported from large stockpiles in Oklahoma to a Port Arthur terminal and processed in southeast Texas refineries.
The Gulf Coast Pipeline Project is approximately 485 miles long running from Cushing, Okla., to Nederlan, Texas. The northern portion of the line still needs to be completed.
"(The) Gulf Coast Project will have the initial capacity to transport up to 700,000 barrels of oil per day with the potential to expand to 830,000 barrels of oil per day to Gulf Coast refineries," TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard wrote in an email, according to the source.
Specifically, the southern leg of the Keystone pipeline is expected to begin operating on Jan. 3, Tulsa World reported. Oklahoma oil producers are pleased they will have a way to easily transport their product to Texas refineries.
"We have a lot of oil being developed in the state," Tony Say, CEO of Oklahoma City-based Clearwater Enterprises LLC, told the source. "Having another outlet going south is very positive for us."