Pembina Pipeline has placed about $2.8 billion of integrated capital projects into service, including its Phase III Pipeline Expansion and two connected major delivery points: the company’s third fractionator at Redwater (RFS III) and its Canadian Diluent Hub (CDH), the company said.
The Phase III Expansion program, which began in 2013, included installing over 560 miles of new pipeline primarily along the company’s existing Peace and Northern system rights-of-way, along with upgrading and adding new mainline pump stations.
Initial work for the Phase III Expansion included debottlenecking segments of existing pipeline systems from Taylor, B.C. to Gordondale, AB and adding a new pipeline from Wapiti to Fox Creek, AB to allow increased volumes upstream of Pembina’s Fox Creek tie-in point. In support of handling the increased product, 420 Mbpd of incremental capacity was added in the Fox Creek-to-Namao corridor of through the construction of two pipelines: a 16-inch and a 24-inch pipeline, each spanning 180 miles.
With the Phase III Expansion complete, Pembina has four pipelines between Fox Creek and Namao, allowing the company to transport four distinct hydrocarbons – ethane-plus, propane-plus, condensate and crude oil – each in its own segregated pipeline, plus upstream capacity to handle higher volumes driven by the development of the Montney, Duvernay and Deep Basin resource plays.
It also is working on the Phase V Expansion, which entails looping its pipeline between Lator and Fox Creek to provide additional upstream capacity. Beyond these expansions, which are expected to be placed into service in late 2018, Pembina is able to increase capacity on the 24-inch and 16-inch pipelines in the Fox Creek to Namao corridor by another 250 Mbpd through additional pump stations, which would bring total capacity into the Namao hub to almost 1.3 MMbpd.