NEW YORK—TransCanada Corp.’s (NYSE: TRP) Keystone crude pipeline is still operating at 20% reduced pressure, a spokesman for the company said on Jan. 23, more than two months after a leak forced the line to be shut.
Calgary-based TransCanada shut the 590,000 barrel-per-day (bbl/d) pipeline, one of Canada’s main crude export routes linking Alberta to U.S. refineries, on Nov. 16 after the leak was detected.
The pipeline was restarted about two weeks later, but the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) ordered TransCanada to operate at reduced pressure after the 5,000-barrel oil leak in South Dakota.
Energy data provider Genscape said on Jan. 18 the pipeline flow averaged an estimated 524,000 bbl/d last week.
The reduced flows have contributed to inventory declines at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub and pressured Canadian crude differentials, traders said.
PHMSA did not immediately comment on when the line would be allowed to return to full capacity.
Insufficient takeaway capacity forces producers to flare or pay others with pipeline space to move it to market.
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