Canada’s oil exports to the US are about to increase as pipeline capacity expansions are increasing by at least 420,000 barrels of oil per day (bbl/d). Production of heavy crude in the oil sands is also improving, according to Argus Media.
The expansions are expected to increase Canadian heavy crude’s market share in the US Gulf Coast refining hub, which potentially to increase heavy sour crude exports. Additionally, another capacity expansion is underway at Enbridge’s Line 3 which will increase capacity from western Canada to the US midcontinent by 370,000 bbl/d.
The project will expand Line 3 capacity from Alberta to Wisconsin from 390,000 bbl/d to 760,000 bbl/d and it should be completed by Q4 2021.
The expansion will allow Enbridge to take more requests for capacity reservations as Enbridge now rejects 52% of requests for pipeline space reasons.