The operator of a $2.3 billion pipeline between Cushing and the Gulf Coast expects to begin shipping oil Jan. 22. TransCanada began injecting crude oil into the 485-mile, 36-inch pipeline in early December.
Spokesman Davis Sheremata said the process involves injecting about 3 million barrels of oil into the system at Cushing and moving it to the Houston area. Construction began in August 2012 and involved more than 11 million hours of labor by 4,844 workers in the U.S., Sheremata said.
The number of workers employed in the operational phase has not been established, he said.The Keystone XL "journey" is tracked here.