North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

FEB 2017

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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28 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | FEBRUARY 2017 C A N A D I A N O I L P I P E L I N E S R E P O R T 2017 P I P E L I N E R E P O R T Keystone XL Revival Could Spur More Activity By Bradley Kramer F ollowing the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, a sense of optimism has aris- en within North America's oil and gas pipeline industry. After more than two years of being mired in a downturn, the revival of long delayed pipelines could prove to be a spark for the industry in 2017. On Jan. 24, Trump signed an ex- ecutive order that would pave the way for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline to finally be completed after years of delay. The president's order invited TransCanada "to prompt- ly re-submit its application to the Department of State for a Presidential Permit for the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline." The order also di- rected the Secretary of State to "facilitate its expeditious review" and render a final decision regarding the permit with 60 days of the com- pany's submission of the application. TransCanada acted quickly, an- nouncing Jan. 26 that it had sub- mitted a new application for the Presidential Permit. The company will know no later than by the end of March whether its application is approved. The revival of the Keystone XL project was lauded by several pipe- line organizations, including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). In a statement, CAPP called the exec- utive orders a "a major step forward for Canada, the United States and North America." Association president and CEO Tim McMillan said that "the re- lationship that Canadian producers

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