Winnipeg, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp (TRP.TO) said on Tuesday it planned to start pre-construction work in February for its Keystone XL oil pipeline, the start of what it expects to be a busy work schedule for the long-delayed project.
TC said in a filing with U.S. District Court in Montana that in February it would start mobilizing heavy construction equipment in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, and aim to begin building a 1.2 -mile (1.93 km) segment spanning the U.S-Canada border in April.
Work on the border-crossing segment is subject to receiving federal approvals, including a right-of-way and temporary use permit, TC said.
The $8 billion Keyston XL project would carry 830,000 barrels per day of oil sands crude from Alberta to the U.S. Midwest and then on to the Gulf Coast. It has been delayed for more than a decade by opposition from landowners, environmental groups and tribes, and after former U.S. President Barack Obama rejected the project.