TC Energy’s Keystone Pipeline Resumes Operations After Unplanned Maintenance

TC Energy said the unplanned maintenance on the Keystone oil pipeline began on Jan. 4 as parts of western Canada grappled with frigid winter weather. TC’s Gulf Coast operations in the U.S. were uninterrupted.

Nia Williams, Reuters

TC Energy’s 590,000-bbl/d Keystone oil pipeline resumed operations on Jan. 5, the company said, after it was shut the previous evening for unplanned maintenance as parts of western Canada grappled with frigid winter weather.

TC said the pipeline, which ships crude from the oil sands province of Alberta to the U.S. Midwest, was restarted safely at around 6:15 p.m. local time on Jan. 5 amid extremely cold temperatures at its Hardisty terminal in central Alberta.

Temperatures in Hardisty were forecast to plunge to minus 35 C (minus 31 F) the night of Jan. 5. Most of Alberta is under an extreme cold warning that is expected to last until the weekend.

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