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TransCanada says Keystone XL cost could reach $10 billion

CEO tells Wall Street Journal price tag could rise to a “number that gets you into the high single digits to a 10 number” as project remains in limbo


 
Sue Ogrocki/AP

Sue Ogrocki/AP

CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says costs for its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will likely balloon to as much as US$10 billion, up from US$5.4 billion.

CEO Russ Girling told the Wall Street Journal that the price tag could rise to a “number that gets you into the high single digits to a 10 number” as the project remains in limbo.

Company spokesman Shawn Howard has confirmed those remarks, adding the higher costs will be passed on to refiners and consumers in the end.

TransCanada (TSX:TRP) is marking what it calls an “unfortunate milestone” for Keystone XL — six years precisely since it applied for a U.S. permit to build the pipeline.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported this week that U.S. hedge funds are eyeing a restructuring of TransCanada.

TransCanada, commenting on “significant trading activity” in its shares, says it’s expected to generate significant cash flow, earnings and dividend growth in its current form.


 

TransCanada says Keystone XL cost could reach $10 billion

  1. Company spokesman Shawn Howard has confirmed those remarks, adding the higher costs will be passed on to refiners and consumers in the end.

    Nope. The higher costs will come out of the producer’s margin. If they can’t get it to the Gulf Coast economically, it will be replaced with other imported heavy oil/crude that also gets the world price.

    Another lame effort by TCPL to get public support (consumers) behind the project. I thought Russ was busy building a railroad.

  2. Keystone XL will get the go ahead after the mid term elections in November.

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