The Financial Post reports in its Tuesday edition that surging oil production in the United States will not eliminate demand for crude from Canada's oil sands, says energy research firm IHS.
The Star's John Spears writes that IHS says, however, it will change current patterns of demand.
Those changes highlight the importance of controversial pipeline projects for oil sands producers, the report says.
Pipeline companies are seeking alternative outlets, but not without difficulty.
Enbridge's proposed Gateway pipeline to carry oil sands crude through B.C. to the Pacific and on to Asian markets is not yet approved and has attracted fierce opposition.
TransCanada's Gateway XL pipeline, which would open the way for more oil sands crude to flow to Gulf of Mexico refineries, has also encountered stiff opposition and is awaiting U.S. federal approval.
The report says there is still room for Canadian oil sands crude in the U.S. market, as increased tight oil production is partially offset by declining conventional output.
Expanding access to the U.S. Gulf Coast refineries will be "critical" for the oil sands, IHS says. It concludes saying the U.S. will remain the primary market for oil sands.
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