Energy East Oil Pipeline

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Energy East Oil Pipeline was a proposed oil pipeline in Canada.[1]

The pipeline was called off by sponsor TransCanada in October 2017.[2]


The pipeline was proposed to run from Hardisty, Alberta, to Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Project Details

  • Operator: TransCanada[1]
  • Current capacity:
  • Proposed capacity: 1,100,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 4,600 kilometres
  • Status: Cancelled (2017)
  • Start Year:


The Energy East pipeline is a proposed bitumen pipeline in Canada. It would deliver bitumen from Western Canada and North Western United States to Eastern Canada, from receipt points in Alberta, Saskatchewan and North Dakota to refineries and port terminals in New Brunswick and possibly Quebec. The TC PipeLines project would convert about 3,000 kilometres of natural gas pipeline, which currently carries natural gas from Alberta to the Ontario-Quebec border, to bitumen transportation. New pipeline, pump stations, and tank facilities would also be constructed. The CAD12 billion pipeline would be the longest in North America when complete.[3][1]

The project was announced publicly on August 1, 2013, while the Keystone XL pipeline proposal was being debated. In October 2014, TransCanada Pipelines filed its formal project application with the National Energy Board. At the same time a number of groups announced their intention to oppose the pipeline.[4]

Environmental review of the pipeline by Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) stalled in 2016, amid protests by environmentalists and after revelations that regulatory panel members met privately with a TransCanada consultant.[5]

In August 2017 NEB expanded the scope of the pipeline’s environmental impact review, saying it will consider the project’s indirect greenhouse gas contributions and will provide “more visibility” to the evaluation of risks associated with accidents such as oil spills. On September 7, 2017, TransCanada Corp sought to suspend its application for the pipeline for 30 days and said it may abandon the project.[5]

October 2017: Pipeline cancelled

In October 2017 TransCanada pulled the plug on the controversial US$15.7-billion proposal, after slowing oil sands growth and heightened environmental scrutiny raised doubts about the viability of the project. The company informed the Canada National Energy Board that it would no longer proceed with the project, including the related Eastern Mainline Gas Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline that would have complemented the crude-carrying Energy East. The company is now seeking to firm up commitments from shippers on its Keystone XL Oil Pipeline.[2]

Project description

The entire length would be 4,600 kilometres with approximately 70 percent being existing pipeline (3,000 kilometres) that would be converted from natural gas to bitumen. Once completed, the pipeline would provide feedstock to refineries in Montreal, Quebec City as well as Saint John. The original project proposal included a marine oil export terminal in Cacouna, Quebec, but that configuration was abandoned due to the impact it would have on a beluga whale habitat.[6] The project would have a capacity of 1.1 million barrels (~200,000 tonnes) of crude oil per day.[7]

Irving Oil announced plans to build a new $300-million terminal at its Canaport facility in Saint John to export the oil delivered from the pipeline and refined at its refinery.[8]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Energy East Oil Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed September 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 "TransCanada kills controversial Energy East Pipeline project," Globe and Mail, Oct 5, 2017
  3. "Du pétrole américain pour Énergie Est" (in french), Le Devoir (March 15, 2016). Retrieved on March 15, 2016. 
  4. "As Energy East pipeline application nears, communities weigh risks and benefits", CTV News, Bell Media (7 September 2014). Retrieved on September 12, 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "TransCanada may abandon Energy East pipe facing tougher review," Reuters, Sep 7, 2017
  6. Geoffrey Morgan (April 2, 2015). "TransCanada Corp’s decision to shelve Quebec oil terminal plans may delay Energy East pipeline by two years", Financial Post. Retrieved on September 13, 2015. 
  7. Template:Cite press release
  8. The Canadian Press (August 4, 2013). "Irving Oil to build new terminal for Energy East Pipeline project", Global News. Retrieved on August 4, 2013. 

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