North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

FEB 2017

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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30 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | FEBRUARY 2017 C A N A D I A N O I L P I P E L I N E S R E P O R T 2017 P I P E L I N E R E P O R T Buffalo Extension, Enbridge plans to use the Athabas- ca Twinning Pipeline to transport volumes south of the Enbridge Kirby Lake Terminal. The in-service date for the recently constructed APT Project was original- ly scheduled for 2015. However, at the request of En- bridge's shippers, the in-service date has been delayed until 2017. This was caused by changes in production estimates from oil sands operations. The company de- termined it would be possible to take advantage of the existing capacity available on the APT line by com- bining the transportation of both Wood Buffalo and Athabasca product. By using existing infrastructure, the company says it will help to reduce environmen- tal impacts and land disturbance, as well as eliminate the use of two partially filled pipelines running side by side. As part of the project, Enbridge Athabasca has finished construction on a new pipeline, approxi- mately 345 km long and 36 in. in diameter, between Enbridge Athabasca's Kirby Lake Terminal and Battle River Terminal. The projected in-service date is 2017. Energy East Pipeline Project Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick Stakeholder(s): TransCanada Overview: TransCanada has a 4,600-km pipeline that will carry 1.1 million bpd of crude oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick. The project would involve converting an existing natural gas pipeline to an oil transportation pipeline, constructing new pipelines in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Eastern Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick to link up with the converted pipe, and constructing the associated facilities, pump stations and tank terminals. The NEB ruled Jan. 27 that the review process for the project would restart from the beginning, after the approval was stalled last year amid environmental protests. TransCanada originally planned to begin construction in late 2017, with service commencing in 2020, but now construction cannot start until at least 2018. Keystone XL Pipeline Location: Alberta to U.S. Midwest and Southeast Stakeholder(s): TransCanada Overview: The long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project is a proposed 1,179-mile, 36-in. diameter crude oil pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska. At an estimated cost of $5.3 billion (USD), the pipeline will transport crude oil from Canada, as well as the Bakken shale region of Montana and North Dakota. The pipeline will have capacity to transport 830,000 bpd to Gulf Coast and Midwest refineries. On Jan. 26, TransCanada resubmitted its application for a Presidential Permit for a cross-border pipeline, which new U.S. President Trump ordered to be reviewed within 60 days. Norlite Pipeline Project Location: Alberta Stakeholder(s): Enbridge Overview: The $1.4 billion (CAD) Norlite Pipeline Project involves construction of a 446-km long, 24-in. diameter diluent pipeline, originating at Enbridge's Stonefell Terminal, in Strathcona County, Alberta, and terminating at the company's Fort McMurray South Facility, near Fort McMurray, Alberta, with a transfer line to Suncor's East Tank Farm. The project also includes associated pumping and tankage infrastructure, with four 3,000-hp mainline pumps and a 1,000-barrel tank at Enbridge's Stonefell site, and a 1,000-barrel tank at the Suncor site. Wherever possible, the pipeline route will follow existing pipeline rights of way, utility corridors and road allowances to ensure minimal environmental impact. Enbridge will employ industry-proven construction techniques for each of the planned crossings such as water courses, railways, roads and other pipelines. On Aug. 4, 2015, Enbridge received AER approval for the project. Construction started in summer 2015, with an expected project in- service date of the second quarter 2017. Northern Courier Pipeline System Location: Alberta Stakeholder(s): TransCanada Corp., Fort Hills Energy LP Overview: TransCanada was selected by Fort Hills Energy to design, build, own and operate the proposed $660 million Northern Courier Pipeline project, which comprises a 90-km pipeline system to transport bitumen and diluent between the Fort Hills Mine and Bitumen Extraction Facility to Suncor East Tank Farm located north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The pipeline is fully subscribed with long-term commitments. TransCanada received approval from AER in July 2014 and began construction in October 2014. The company expects complete construction in the second quarter of this year, with pipeline commissioning scheduled for September.

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