The National Energy Board of Canada recommended the approval of Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline.
The expansion support by Canada’s chief energy regulatory body means a better chance of approval by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet by the end of 2017.
The $5.4 billion pipeline expansion is expected to nearly triple the barrels of crude oil a day from 300,000 to 890,000, carrying oil from Alberta’s oil sands to ports in the Vancouver area.
Although hoped to start operations of the expansion next year, Kinder Morgan’s timeline for operation has been proposed for the end of 2019.
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