Pembina Pipeline Corp. continues to advance its Phase III pipeline expansion, filing for regulatory approval of a $2 billing project in Alberta.
The company submitted the necessary applications to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for its Fox Creek to Namao Junction segment of its previously announced expansion initiative.
The Fox Creek to Namao Junction project will include the construction of a 24-in. diameter, 270-km long pipeline that will originate from a tie-in point at Pembina’s existing pump station at Fox Creek and terminate at a tie-in its existing facility at Namao Junction. The company expects this segment to have an initial capacity of 320,000 barrels per day (bpd) and an ultimate capacity of more than 500,000 bpd with the addition of midpoint pump stations.
As part of the project, Pembina has also completed consultation related to an additional 16-in. diameter pipeline from Fox Creek to Namao, which the company applied for AER approval at the same time as the 24in. pipeline. The company’s decision to construct this second 16-in. pipeline is pending commercial support. Pembina expects to make a decision on the second pipeline later this year.
“We are very excited to reach this milestone for the core component of our Phase III Expansion,” said Jason Wiun, Pembina’s vice president of conventional pipelines. “The proposed pipeline from Fox Creek into Namao will be constructed using existing rights of way where possible to minimize impact on the land and environment.”
Subject to regulatory approval, Pembina expects the project to be in service between late-2016 and mid-2017.