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DAPL to commence operation in 2Q17?

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While the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) is at centre of legal battles, Phillips 66's Chairman and CEO, Greg Garland, reportedly stated that he expects the pipeline to commence operation in 2Q17. According to news sources, Garland made the DAPL-related comments during a conference call regarding Phillips 66’s quarterly earnings.

Phillips 66 has a 25% stake in the 470 000 bpd, US$3.8 billion crude oil pipeline project.

“Commercial operations are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, pending the issuance of an easement from the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete work beneath the Missouri River on DAPL," Phillips 66 said in its earnings news release.

The release added that DAPL is 95% complete. The line is still awaiting a permit from the US Army Corps to build the last portion of the 1172 mile (1887 km) line.

According to Reuters, on 1 February, the US Army Corps announced that it had taken initial steps to "expeditiously review requests for approvals to construct and operate" the pipeline per an order issued by President Donald Trump. However, the required easement for DAPL has not yet been approved.

However, without this easement, it is unclear whether the predicted 2Q17 timeline will be met; the easement would have to be granted soon.

The Spokesman-Review quoted Bloomberg as reporting that assuming no obstacles arise, Energy Transfer Partners (the developer behind the pipeline) will begin filling DAPL with oil on or around 15 February.

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