CALGARY, Sept. 28, 2017 /CNW/ – Pembina Pipeline Corporation (“Pembina” or the “Company”) (TSX: PPL; NYSE: PBA) announced today that in order to accommodate incremental volume commitments from customers, the Company is adding additional infrastructure and increasing operational flexibilities to its previously announced Phase V pipeline expansion (“Phase V”), which included a 20 inch pipeline from Lator to Fox Creek, Alberta. The Company is also revising its capital cost estimate for Phase V by an additional $135 million for a total capital cost of $385 million.
The Company’s Conventional Pipelines’ business has continued to receive customer demand for its transportation services. Since Phase V was originally announced in April 2017, Pembina has secured approximately 30,000 barrels per day in additional volume commitments.
The Phase V capital cost estimate revision is a result of:
- $90 million towards increased receipt station functionality at Lator by adding 40,000 barrels of operational crude and condensate storage, new tie-ins and site modifications, a new pump station near Dawson Creek, British Columbia (“B.C.”) and upgrading an existing pump station at Gordondale, Alberta; and
- $45 million due to capital cost refinements, including changes to volume receipt locations.
Through the Phase V project enhancements, the pipeline capacity will be increased by an incremental 45,000 barrels per day (“bpd”) upstream of Laglace, Alberta. In addition to accommodating further customer demand, this will improve operational efficiencies and offer more optionality, which will ultimately provide a better service offering for Pembina’s customers.
Phase V is aimed at addressing capacity constraints between Lator and Fox Creek and supporting future growth in the Montney and Deep Basin resource plays. The project is expected to provide additional capacity in this corridor and access to Pembina’s downstream capacity at Fox Creek. Clearing and access to the right-of-way is now 90 percent complete with construction expected to commence shortly. The Company continues to anticipate bringing Phase V into service in late-2018. Once operational, Pembina will have three distinct pipelines between Lator and Fox Creek.
The Company also continues to progress regulatory approvals, design and engineering of the two pump stations for its previously announced Phase IV pipeline expansion (“Phase IV”). Phase IV will increase capacity between Fox Creek and Namao, Alberta.
Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation is a leading transportation and midstream service provider that has been serving North America’s energy industry for over 60 years. Pembina owns and operates an integrated system of pipelines that transport various products derived from natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids produced primarily in western Canada. The Company also owns and operates gas gathering and processing facilities and an oil and natural gas liquids infrastructure and logistics business. Pembina’s integrated assets and commercial operations along the majority of the hydrocarbon value chain allow it to offer a full spectrum of midstream and marketing services to the energy sector. Pembina is committed to working with its community and aboriginal neighbours, while providing value for investors in a safe, environmentally responsible manner. This balanced approach to operating ensures the trust Pembina builds among all of its stakeholders is sustainable over the long term. Pembina’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under PPL and PBA, respectively. Pembina’s preferred shares also trade on the Toronto stock exchange. For more information, visit www.pembina.com.