Analysis: Impact Of Western Canada’s New Oil Pipeline Pinch On Price Differentials

The Western Canadian oil market is now short of pipeline capacity, and this situation could persist through 2030, depending if industry is able to push major pipeline projects forward in this politically-charged environment. In 2016, regional oil supply was basically in balance with pipeline takeaway capacity. But continuing investment, driven by the last round of high oil prices, is pushing production substantially higher this year and next, while substantial new pipeline capacity cannot come online until the end of this decade, at the earliest.


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