Pembina Files With Alberta Energy Regulator For Phase III Expansion

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Pembina Pipeline Corp. has reached binding commercial agreements to proceed with constructing $2 billion in pipeline expansions (the Phase III Expansion). The Phase III Expansion is underpinned by long-term take-or-pay transportation services agreements with 30 customers in Pembina’s operating areas and is expected to be in service between late 2016 and mid-2017, subject to environmental and regulatory approvals. The 336-mile long Phase III Expansion will follow and expand upon certain segments of the company’s existing pipeline systems from Taylor, British Columbia southeast to Edmonton, Alberta to fulfill capacity needs for Pembina’s customers, with priority being placed on areas where debottlenecking is essential.
  The core of the Phase III Expansion will entail constructing a new 168-mile long, 24-inch diameter pipeline from Fox Creek, Alberta, to the Edmonton area, which is expected to have an initial capacity of 320,000 bpd and an ultimate capacity of over 500,000 bpd with the addition of midpoint pump stations. Once complete, Pembina will have three distinct pipelines in the Fox Creek to Edmonton, Alberta corridor. With the company’s existing pipelines and current expansions, these three pipelines are expected to have the designed capacity to transport up to 885,000 bpd if fully expanded.
  The Phase III Expansion also contemplates increasing pipeline interconnectivity between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan including Pembina’s Redwater and Heartland Hub sites as well as third-party delivery points in these areas. This interconnectivity will provide the option for customers to access a broad variety of delivery points including fractionators, refineries, and storage hubs and increased access to pipeline and rail take-away capacity. Pembina submitted applications to the Alberta Energy Regulator for the project in September 2014.