If they are talking about shipping by pipeline the upgraded product i think its properties are well known, with a long history of handing in pipes and tanks. If they are talking about the raw bitumen thats just been "extracted" or mined from the ground perhaps there are issues of water or particulate. I would think the product quality of synthetic crude is more consistent than other natural crudes. Perhaps they are getting confused about the raw bitumen over the upgraded crude. I would think the shipment of raw bitumen to the coast for ships to China is a bit more challenging, although that should be within the capability of the engineers.
If my memory is right the synthetic crude is a sweet crude with low sulfur and is refined into low sulfur diesel more readily than many other crudes. I would think if anything its product quality is more consistent and probably less agressive than many other crude oils in pipelines. This has to be known information its not something new, they have decades of history handling this product.
NEW YORK, July 7 (Reuters) - Pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD.N) on Thursday offered oil companies three more weeks to commit to long-term shipping contracts on the planned Double E U.S. oil pipeline, the company said.
Enterprise and its 50 percent joint-venture partner Energy Transfer are looking for long-term commitments during a so-called open season to determine whether to go ahead with construction of the 450,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Houston, Texas.
All silliness...the oil sands are going to produce oil anyway and sell it to China and Japan, etc. if the USA does not want it via Keystone pipeline. So, if the CO2 from the oil sands crude oil production scares you (from extraction to refined and running a vehicle is it only 4-5% more CO2 than Saudi or or Venezualan oil) then be scared anyway whether or not Keystone gets built the CO2 will happen.
denier- ray, excellent comment. Who knows what the State Department will do on this decision to expand the pipeline. One thing is very clear, this current administration HATES the oil and gas companies.