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Transcanada’s Keystone Pipeline Shut Down for Work

Transcanada’s Keystone Pipeline Shut Down for Work
By Aaron Clark and Samantha Zee - Sep 3, 2010

TransCanada Corp. shut its Keystone pipeline Sept. 1 for unscheduled maintenance work, Michael Barnes, a company spokesman said in a telephone interview. The line is expected to resume service by Sept. 8, he said.

TransCanada expects to make all September deliveries on time, Barnes said. The inline inspections will take place throughout the 2,151-mile (3,461-kilometer) pipeline.

“There are no leaks or problems,” said Terry Cunha, a spokesman for the company. “An opportunity presented itself because we had a gap in our crude shipments, so we decided to do maintenance because it wouldn’t impact our obligations.”

Crews will “work over the weekend, checking key points along the line to make sure there are no issues and the line will be back up by Wednesday,” he said.

Calgary-based TransCanada became the sole owner of the Keystone pipeline system in June after buying ConocoPhillips’s interest in the project.

To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Clark in New York at aclark27@bloomberg.net; Samantha Zee in San Francisco at szee@bloomberg.net


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