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Report: TC Energy set to resume construction of Keystone XL pipeline in February

TC Energy Corp. plans to mobilize heavy equipment in three states along the route of its planned Keystone XL pipeline in February and would ramp up to full construction by August, Canadian newspaper the National Post reported.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company said in a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana that movement of heavy equipment to storage yards and work camps would start in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, the newspaper reported Jan. 14. Construction of pumping stations in those three states would begin in June while full construction of the line, which runs from the Canadian border at Montana to a pipeline hub near Steele City, Neb., would start in August, the National Post said.

Keystone XL, an 830,000-barrel-per-day expansion of TC Energy's existing Keystone system that connects the oil sands region of Alberta with refineries in the U.S. Midwest and Texas, has been mired in regulatory problems for almost a decade. It was initially rejected by the Obama administration, but President Donald Trump reversed that decision and issued a permit for the line in 2017, which was later revoked and replaced amid court challenges. The company had said it was waiting for final routing and regulatory issues in Nebraska to be sorted out before the project gets under construction.

If the work starts on schedule it will begin in the last months of the Trump administration's first mandate. TC Energy plans to continue construction through 2021, the National Post reported.