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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Page 30 of 43 FEBRUARY 2017 | North American Oil & Gas Pipelines 31 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 Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Location: Alberta, British Columbia Stakeholder(s): Enbridge Overview: In November, Enbridge withdrew its application for the proposed Northern Gateway system, which would have included two 1,177-km pipelines from Alberta to the British Columbian coastline, with associated storage tanks and terminals, at a cost of $5.5 billion. Pembina Phase III Expansion Location: British Columbia, Alberta Stakeholder(s): Pembina Pipeline Corp. Overview: Pembina Pipeline plans to proceed with constructing approximately $2 billion in pipeline expansions to its Peace and Northern Pipeline system. The 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. The core of the project involves the construction of a new 270- km, 24-in. diameter pipeline from Fox Creek, Alberta, to the Edmonton area. As a result of strong customer demand, Pembina announced in September 2014 an additional 16-in. pipeline from Fox Creek to Namao, Alberta, which will be built on the same right of way of the 24-in. line. Once both pipelines are complete, Pembina will have four distinct pipelines in the Fox Creek to Edmonton corridor with a capacity of more than 1 million bpd. Pembina received approval from the AER for the project in April 2016. The Phase III Expansion is expected to be in service in the first quarter 2017. Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Location: Alberta, British Columbia Stakeholder(s): Kinder Morgan Overview: For more than 60 years, the Trans Mountain Pipeline system has been providing the only West Coast pipeline access for Canadian oil products. From the time when Trans Mountain was first constructed in 1953, the pipeline system has adapted to meet the growing needs of customers. The pipeline system was most recently expanded in 2008 as part of the Anchor Loop Project. Approximately 158 km of pipeline was twinned between Hinton, Alberta, and Hargreaves, British Columbia. Now, the company is proposing a $5.4 billion expansion of its current 1,150-km pipeline between Strathcona County, Alberta (near Edmonton), and Burnaby, British Columbia. The proposed expansion would create a twinned pipeline that would increase the nominal capacity of the system from 300,000 bpd to 890,000 bpd. Kinder Morgan conducted an open season from fall 2011 to fall 2012 and received strong binding support. In January 2013, the company signed new long-term contracts with 13 committed customers. The company filed an application with the NEB in December 2013. Following a 29-month review, NEB concluded the project to be in the interest of the Canadian public in May 2016. The Canadian government approved the project Nov. 29, 2016. Construction of the new pipeline is scheduled to begin in September, with the expansion operations to begin in late 2019. Upland Pipeline Project Location: Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota Stakeholder(s): TransCanada Overview: TransCanada is proposing to construct, own and operate the Upland Pipeline to connect Williston Basin crude oil from various production areas in North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to oil transportation connection points near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border in Canada. The proposed pipeline would begin southwest of Williston, North Dakota, cross the Canada-U.S. border near Flaxton, North Dakota, and end near the Manitoba- Saskatchewan border in Canada. The project would include approximately 400 km of 20-in. pipeline and related facilities, including valve sites, tanks and new pump stations along the proposed route. The pipeline would transport up to 300,000 bpd of crude and is scheduled to be in-service in 2020. This is not a comprehensive list of the oil pipeline projects in Canada. For more information about these and other projects, you can visit the NEB website at or the AER site at North American Oil & Gas Pipelines provides quar- terly updates of oil and gas pipeline projects in the United States in Canada. The next update will be May, covering U.S. oil pipeline projects. Bradley Kramer is managing editor of North American Oil & Gas Pipelines. Contact him at bkramer@

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