TransCanada continues building pipeline across Oklahoma to Gulf Coast

Crews are spread out across Oklahoma working on TransCanada's Gulf Coast project, a 485-mile oil pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf Coast.
by Jay F. Marks Published: January 16, 2013

In all, TransCanada is employing about 4,000 workers and spending $2 million a day on construction materials. More money is injected into local economies by workers along the route.

Prescott said TransCanada expects to finish the pipeline by summer, with an eye toward getting it in service in the fourth quarter.

The completed line will transport up to 700,000 barrels of crude oil a day from the storage hub at Cushing to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

The project is part of TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline, which would move crude oil from Canada and North Dakota.

The overall plan was rejected by the Obama administration last year because of concerns about its route through Nebraska's vast Ogallala Aquifer.

The Canadian company opted to move forward with the Gulf Coast portion of the line to help reduce the glut of oil in storage at Cushing.

TransCanada since has submitted a new application for a permit for the proposed transcontinental pipeline.

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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