Keystone Pipeline expansion project at Kansas’ state line shut down


(Courtesy Photo/TC Energy)

STEELE CITY, Neb. (KSNT) – The owner of a pipeline that already runs through Kansas has shut down its expansion project for a new branch at the Nebraska state line.

TC Energy announced Thursday that it canceled its $9 billion Keystone XL Pipeline project, which would start at Steele City and run through South Dakota and Montana into Canada. The termination came after months before, President Joe Biden revoked a permit allowing the new pipeline addition to cross the Canadian border.

TC Energy’s existing Keystone Pipeline has operated since 2010 and runs in two branches through Kansas: one goes east through Seneca and into Missouri before ending at Patoka, Ill. The Cushing Extension branch goes south through Washington, Clay, Dickinson, Marion, Butler and Cowley Counties into Oklahoma.

The new pipeline, which would have started at Kansas’ state line with Nebraska, was expected to carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day through the U.S. TC Energy leadership said the company would use research it gained through the Keystone XL Pipeline in future projects.

Through the process, we developed meaningful Indigenous equity opportunities and a first-of-its-kind, industry-leading plan to operate the pipeline with net-zero emissions throughout its lifecycle. We will continue to identify opportunities to apply this level of ingenuity across our business going forward, including our current evaluation of the potential to power existing U.S. assets with renewable energy.

President and Chief Executive Officer François Poirier, TC Energy

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