January 2020, Vol. 247, No. 1

Editor's Notebook

Bottlenecks Crimping Alberta’s Style

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK By Michael Reed, Editor-in-Chief With the largest oil producing province in Canada, Alberta, announcing it would cap output for January at 3.81 MMbpd – the same level as in December – operators continue to scramble for additional capacity. At the moment, pipelines out of Western Canada are running at full capacity, which was limited at one point by the temporary shutdown of TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline. Additionally, a recently ended strike by the Canadian National Railway further reduced oil shipments for eight days. It was the nation’s longest rail strike in a decade, and its effects on oil shipments may be felt for weeks to come. Even with these unpleasant developme

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