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Canada, the Next Energy ‘Superpower’?



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Let’s hope so. Bloomberg:

Canada’s bid to become what Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls an energy “superpower” is at risk as approval delays for new pipelines threaten an industry already hurt by high costs and rival production.

The world’s sixth-largest crude producer can’t get its surging crude supplies to markets in Asia where prices are higher than in North America. Decisions in the next year or so on proposed pipelines designed to connect oil-sands production to supertankers on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts may set the tone for the future of the nation’s energy industry.

“There’s no doubt that over the next 12 to 24 months, there will be some significant decisions made on pipelines infrastructure in Canada,” Ian Anderson, president of the Canadian division of Kinder Morgan (KMP) Energy Partners LP, said in a Nov. 29 interview in Lake Louise, Alberta. “What’s important about the time frame is, there’s a window of opportunity here to build this infrastructure.”

Prime Minister Harper is counting on Asian markets to reduce the $30 a barrel discount between Canadian heavy crude and the U.S. benchmark as well as to provide job and economic growth and boost tax revenue. Harper has referred to Canada as an emerging energy superpower because it has the world’s third-largest oil reserves, and as output from the oil sands is projected to double over the next decade.

Further delays on pipeline projects may set back Canada’s ability to capture rising demand for fossil fuel and condemn its producers to lower prices, said Judith Dwarkin, director of energy research at ITG Investment Research Inc. in Calgary.

The rest here.



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