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Houston Lateral Project
The 48-mile Houston Lateral Project is an additional project under development to transport oil to refineries in the Houston, Texas, marketplace. Both the Houston Lateral and the Gulf Coast Pipeline projects will become an integrated component of the Keystone Pipeline System. The facilities will double the U.S. Gulf Coast refining market capacity directly accessible from the Keystone Pipeline System to over four million barrels per day by providing access to the key refining market in the Houston area. Associated facilities include the necessary receipt, delivery, pipeline, pumping, monitoring, control and ancillary facilities required to increase capacity.
The final route of the Houston Lateral, which involves building a pipeline through the counties of Liberty, Chambers and Harris to Houston’s refining centre, has been selected to minimize impacts to the land, environment and landowners.
Route selection involved balancing different factors such as length; sensitive environmental features (rivers, wetlands, endangered and protected species), construction issues, paralleling existing infrastructure such as roads and other pipelines and considering stakeholder concerns.
Current plans are for construction activities to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013 and commercial operation of the Houston Lateral to commence in the fourth quarter of 2014.
For more information, visit the Gulf Coast Pipeline website.