TransCanada Corp. announced Thursday it had won a commitment of 500,000 barrels of oil a day to be shipped on Keystone XL, positioning the proposed US$8-billion project to move ahead, though a final investment decision hasn’t been made.

The agreements were signed with the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Teamsters National Pipeline, International Union of Operating Engineers and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States.

Husky has held two open houses in early November in Lloydminster and Maidstone where they outlined plans to construct a new crude and condensate pipeline to support it’s growing heavy oil thermal production in Saskatchewan.

The approved pipeline’s proposed route would traverse about 3.5 miles through portions of the Jefferson National Forest in Giles and Montgomery counties and Monroe County, West Virginia, crossing the Appalachian Trial at one point near the state line.

Notley's message that the Trans Mountain pipeline will bring prosperity to all Canadians, and especially to those in British Columbia and Alberta, was warmly received by groups hoping to benefit from the pipeline expansion.


"Today, our $86 billion high-quality portfolio of energy infrastructure assets is performing very well," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer.

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