Pipeline company opens Wichita office

TransCanada Corp. has opened a Wichita office to oversee work on its Keystone Pipeline running from Alberta, Canada, to Houston. The company is leasing 3,000 square feet in Northrock Business Park, near K-96 highway and Rock Road, for the satellite office. It will employ two people who will oversee about 120 miles of the crude oil pipeline, says Randy Bruce, area manager for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline. “We try to position these offices out so throughout the region, the guys have a central place for records and storage and warehouse, to keep spare parts and equipment,” Bruce says. Terms of the lease weren’t disclosed. Northrock Business Park is owned by Anderson Management. Ross Way brokered the lease. The $12 billion Keystone Pipeline is designed to supply Canadian crude oil to the largest refining markets in the United States, according to TransCanada’s website. The line has been completed as far south as Cushing, Okla. Bruce says “line fill” — or the start of the pipeline’s use — will start in Kansas later this month. Bruce says TransCanada has opened several satellite offices across the company’s Gateway Region, which covers the area from Nebraska to Oklahoma and east to Illinois. Bruce is headquartered out of St. Joseph, Mo., and oversees offices in Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and, now, Wichita. ((10 DEC 2010))





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