Expansion of the Townsend Complex and capture area coupled with enhanced NGL recovery will provide producers with more options for energy exports
CALGARY, Aug. 27, 2018 /CNW/ – AltaGas Ltd. (AltaGas) (TSX: ALA) announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements with Kelt Exploration (LNG) Ltd. (“Kelt”) to provide an energy infrastructure solution for the liquids-rich Inga Montney development located in northeast British Columbia (the “Commercial Arrangements”). The Commercial Arrangements underpin the expansion of the Townsend Complex, including the addition of a 198 MMcf per day of C3+ deep cut gas processing capacity (the “Townsend Deep Cut Facility”). The additional natural gas liquids will increase utilization in AltaGas’ existing liquids pipelines, position us well for an expansion of the North Pine fractionator to 20,000 bbls per day – which already has regulatory approval, and provide additional propane supply to the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (“RIPET”).
The Commercial Arrangements provide Kelt with firm processing of 75 MMcf per day of raw gas under an initial 10-year take-or-pay arrangement, and includes raw gas gathering, liquids handling, field fractionation and propane marketing arrangements including export through RIPET.
The expected commercial operations date of the Townsend Deep Cut Facility is expected in the fourth quarter of 2019. The infrastructure investment for expansion and increasing the capture area of the Townsend site is estimated to be $180 million. The economies of scale and synergies at the Townsend Complex will result in capital efficiencies approaching $750,000 per million cubic foot of deep cut capacity. The total value proposition delivers attractive returns for AltaGas that exceed standalone gas processing projects.
“We have significant investment opportunities ahead of us, with Gas being the primary growth driver followed by U.S. Utilities over the next few years,” said David Cornhill, Chairman and Interim co-Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “Our presence in the two most prolific gas plays; the Montney and Marcellus/Utica—positions us to participate in energy export projects on both coasts of North America. Additionally, the recent NEB approval of the TransCanada North Montney expansion will enable producers to move ahead with their growth plans. AltaGas with its strategic infrastructure in Northeast British Columbia is well positioned to be a part of that growth.”
Raw gas processing
Under the terms of the Commercial Arrangements, Kelt has the option during the first three years of the initial take-or-pay term to commit to additional firm processing at the Townsend Deep Cut Facility up to a total of 198 MMcf per day for a term of its choice, with an additional minimum take-or-pay commitment of ten years. AltaGas will construct 198 MMcf per day of deep cut natural gas processing capacity at the Townsend Complex. This will consist of the proposed and permitted 99 MMcf per day of deep cut capacity and the proposed and permitted modification of an existing 99 MMcf per day shallow cut capacity to enhanced NGL recovery.
Raw gas gathering, liquids handling and fractionation
The Commercial Arrangements include expansion of the raw gas gathering system at Townsend and AltaGas will provide firm transportation service on AltaGas’ existing liquids pipelines for Kelt’s share of C3+ and C5+ produced at the Townsend Deep Cut Facility to AltaGas’ North Pine Fractionation Facility (“North Pine”), where AltaGas will provide firm fractionation and terminalling services.
Kelt has entered into marketing arrangements with AltaGas whereby all of the company’s propane produced at North Pine will be exported through RIPET and will receive premium Far East Index pricing.
“AltaGas’ relationship with Kelt illustrates the value of our integrated solution, including gas processing, liquids handling, field fractionation, and energy export,” stated Mr. Cornhill. “Our ability to provide producers market access to premium Asian markets, with the soon-to-be completed Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, is a competitive advantage for us.”
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