Pembina Pipeline Corporation has entered into agreements to expand the Vantage pipeline system, increasing Vantage’s mainline capacity from 40,000 barrels per day (“bpd”) to approximately 68,000 bpd.
The Vantage Expansion has an estimated capital cost of $85 million to add the required mainline pump stations and the construction of a new 80 km, 8-in. gathering lateral.
“This expansion has been a priority for us since acquiring Vantage in September 2014, and we are very pleased to see it come to fruition” said Mick Dilger, Pembina’s president and CEO. “It supports our strategy to grow our fee-for-service-based cash flow stream, improves the accretion of the Vantage acquisition and will provide long-term shareholder value.”
The Vantage mainline expansion is supported by a long-term, fee-for-service agreement, with a substantial take-or-pay component, and the gathering lateral is underpinned by a fixed return on invested capital agreement. Subject to regulatory and environmental approvals, the Vantage Expansion is expected to be in-service in early 2016.
Once the Vantage Expansion is in-service, Pembina expects that the overall system, including base capacity, expansion capacity and volumes from the Company’s Saskatchewan Ethane Extraction Plant will result in an EBITDA range of $75 million to $110 million per year, with the base of the range representing consolidated take-or-pay volumes.
Vantage is a recently constructed, approximately 700 km high vapour pressure pipeline that links a growing supply of ethane from the prolific North Dakota Bakken play to the petrochemical market in Alberta. It originates from a large-scale gas plant in Tioga, North Dakota extending northwest, through Saskatchewan and terminating near Empress, Alberta, where it is connected to the Alberta Ethane Gathering System pipeline.