Nova Gas Transmission
Nova Gas Transmission’s Groundbirch Pipeline is expected to be a 77 km, 36inch diameter extension to TransCanada’s Alberta System. The pipeline would connect sweet natural gas from the Montney formation in northeast British Columbia, to an interconnection on the Gordondale Lateral near the downstream side of the existing Gordondale meter station in northwest Alberta, approximately 11 km east of Bay Tree, Alberta.
The pipeline would be designed to transport about 1.66 Bcf/d of natural gas.
NEB approval was granted in March 2010 and construction of the Groundbirch Pipeline commenced in August 2010 and is expected to be in service by November 2010.
Nova Gas Transmission has also proposed the Horn River Project, which consists of two primary components: the acquisition and operation of the existing NEB-regulated Ekwan pipeline facilities owned by Enana Ekwan Pipeline Inc., and the construction and operation of new pipeline infrastructure.
The proposed project, located in British Columbia, would include the construction of approximately 72 km of 36 inch diameter pipeline running from the Ekwan Pipeline to the Cabin Gas Plant, about 70 km northeast of Fort Nelson. This section is known as the Cabin Section. The project also involves the Komie East Extension, which involves approximately 2.2 km of 24 inch diameter pipeline proposed to run from the Cabin Section to the Fort Nelson North Plant.
Nova’s shippers have requested an in-service date of 1 May 2012.
The NEB hearing process is scheduled to commence in October 2010.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
In July 2010, Pembina Pipeline Corporation received the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board’s (ERCB) approval to construct and operate two pipeline projects that will support northern Alberta’s heavy oil industry.
The Nipisi Pipeline will consist of a combination of newly constructed and existing 16 inch and 20 inch pipeline and will provide 100,000 bbl/d of blended heavy oil transportation service for product received at Utikuma and delivered to Edmonton, Alberta. The Nipisi Pipeline will involve the construction of 190 km of new pipeline and will use existing pipeline capacity between Judy Creek and Edmonton.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation has awarded Willbros Canada a contract for the construction of six pump stations for the Nipisi Heavy Crude Pipeline Project to be constructed in Alberta, Canada.
The scope of work includes site grading at select sites, piling, pipe rack, process pipe, installation of process pumps, underground drain tanks, concrete work, and site fencing. Construction has commenced and is scheduled for completion in February 2011.
Pembina’s Mitsue Pipeline will consist of a combination of newly constructed and existing 6 inch and 8 inch pipeline, and will provide 22,000 bbl/d of condensate transportation service for product received at Whitecourt, Alberta, and delivered to Utikuma for use as a diluent for heavy oil. The receipt point of the Mitsue Pipeline is connected to Pembina’s existing Peace Pipeline system at Whitecourt.
Construction on the pipelines will commence in late 2010, and Pembina expects the pipelines to be placed into service mid-2011.
Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project involves a 1,172 km twin pipeline system, running underground from near Edmonton, Alberta, to Kitimat, British Columbia.
One line, a 36 inch diameter pipeline with an initial capacity of 525,000 bbl/d, would transport crude oil for export from the Edmonton area to Kitimat. The other pipeline, a 20 inch diameter line with an initial capacity of 193,000 bbl/d, would be used to import condensate.
It is expected that 12 construction spreads ranging in length between 70 km and 190km will be required. The Northern Gateway Pipeline is expected to be in service in 2016, subject to finalisation of commercial terms with industry, and regulatory approvals.
Meanwhile, at the time of publication, line fill was continuing on Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper Pipeline, which is expected to be completed in September 2010.
The 36 inch diameter Alberta Clipper Pipeline will transport oil between Hardisty, Alberta, and Superior, Wisconsin in the US. Initial capacity will be 450,000 bbl/d, with an ultimate capacity of up to 800,000 bbl/d.
Willbros Group constructed the 99km segment of pipeline from Hardisty to the Alberta/Saskatchewan border near Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. The spreads in the US were built by US Pipeline of Houston, Texas, Michels of Brownsville, Wisconsin, and Precision Pipeline of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Enbridge has said that the Alberta Clipper Pipeline was constructed in response to a request by industry for increased transport capacity out of the oil sands and into the US Midwest markets with supply from western Canada oil sands developments expected to grow by as much as 1.8 MMbbl/d by 2015.
Pacific North Gas
Operating in Canada since 1965, Pacific Northern Gas (PNG) owns and operates a 587km natural gas transmission system within northern British Columbia.
In 2006, PNG formed Pacific Trail Pipelines Limited Partnership – a 50/50 partnership with Galveston LNG Inc – for the purpose of developing the Kitimat – Summit Lake Natural Gas Pipeline Looping (KSL) Project.
The KSL Project entails the construction of approximately 470 km of up to 36inch diameter pipeline and associated compression facilities, at a cost of $US1.2billion.
The pipeline would provide gas transportation services for up to 1 Bcf/d primarily for Kitimat LNG Inc’s proposed LNG export terminal to be located approximately 15 km southwest of Kitimat.
Subject to a number of conditions, construction of the KSL Project is planned to commence in 2012 for completion in 2014 when the proposed LNG terminal is planned to begin operation.