(Reuters) - TransCanada Corp on Friday said the leak on its 590,000 barrel per day Keystone crude pipeline occurred near its Freeman pump station in Hutchinson County, South Dakota.
"Crews safely excavated soil to expose more than 275 feet of pipe in order to find the leak," the company said in a statement.
TransCanada said it was currently evaluating an appropriate repair method with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration and would work with the agency on returning the pipeline, which was shut over the weekend after the leak, to service.
Earlier, the company affirmed to shippers on Friday that it was still expecting to restart the pipeline, which delivers crude from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing, Oklahoma and to Illinois, on Tuesday, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
(Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)