Pipelines

Today, Canada has limited pipeline infrastructure to move oil and natural gas across the country and into the United States.

As a result of strong growth in U.S. and Canadian oil and natural gas production, pipeline capacity is expected to become constrained in the next few years, requiring new pipelines and pipeline expansions to provide access to new markets. A number of pipeline projects are being proposed to connect the growing supply with replacement markets in Eastern Canada then beyond to growing global markets in Asia and India.

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) liquids and natural gas pipelines maps

Liquids pipelines are used to transport crude oil or natural gas liquids from producing fields to refineries, where they are turned into gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products. Some liquids pipelines are also used to transport these finished petroleum products from refineries to terminals and distribution centres in or nearby large population centres.

Natural gas pipelines are used to transport natural gas from gas wells, to processing plants, to distribution systems throughout Canada. Unlike refined petroleum products, natural gas is delivered directly to homes and businesses through an extensive network of very small diameter distribution pipelines.

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