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Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines construction to be re

New pipelines not to affect Venezuelan oil market immediately

These works had been blocked by an order of former US President Barack Obama due to concern over their environmental effects

(CORTESÍA) REUTERS

06 de febrero de 2017 10:45 AM

Actualizado el 07 de febrero de 2017 07:01 AM

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New pipelines not to impact Venezuelan oil market immediately

The Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, whose construction between Canada and the United States will be restarted under an executive order signed by US President Donald Trump, will not make in the short term an immediate impact on the Venezuelan oil market, according to think tank Torino Capital.

These works had been blocked by an order of former US President Barack Obama due to concern over their environmental effects.

The Keystone XL pipeline would bring oil from Alberta to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to bring the crude to Texas and Illinois.

“Alberta is estimated to hold more than 169bn barrels of oil in reserves, which would make it the owner of the world’s third largest reserves, behind Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. The Keystone XL pipeline is estimated to be able to carry 830 thousand barrels per day to the US market. Albertan heavy crude is a potentially strong competitor of Venezuela’s Orinoco Oil Belt production, particularly for many Texas refineries which are adapted to heavy crude. Venezuela currently ships around 775 thousand barrels per day to the US,” the report said.

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