Pembina Pipeline has announced the signing of a non-binding letter of intent with Prince Rupert Legacy Inc., (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the City of Prince Rupert) for the Company to develop a West Coast Terminal on Watson Island, lands wholly owned by Prince Rupert Legacy.
Under the LOI, Pembina has commenced site assessment and engagement with key stakeholders including aboriginal communities. Initial assessments of the site indicate it is ideal for the development of an export terminal with a capacity of approximately 20,000 barrels per day of LPG export with an associated capital cost ranging between $125 million and $175 million. Pembina expects a project timeline of two years from final investment decision. The Project is subject to completion of design and engineering requirements, Pembina entering into appropriate definitive agreements, the receipt of necessary environmental and regulatory permits, and the approval of Pembina's Board of Directors.
"Watson Island has promising potential as an LPG export terminal location," said Stuart Taylor, Senior Vice President, NGL & Natural Gas Facilities. "In light of our plans to develop a world-scale polypropylene production facility, the smaller export facility we are contemplating for Watson Island – utilizing smaller ships and ensuring very competitive per-unit export facility costs – makes good sense for Pembina."
Located approximately 15 kilometres south of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the Watson Island site has many positive attributes which make it an attractive candidate for Pembina's West Coast Terminal. The location features a sheltered berth, existing dock adequate for activities associated with LPG export, as well as well-established rail connections between Redwater, Alberta and Watson Island, while also offering efficient shipping routes to Asian, North, Central, and South American markets. In support of this Project, Pembina has already secured a long-term export permit.
The Company has been working towards the development of an LPG export terminal served by a national railway on the west coast of Canada for the past several years in anticipation of and response to the step change in LPG productive capability of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Pembina's objective with this Project is to provide growing Canadian LPG supply with access to diverse, international markets, while complementing Pembina's expanding integrated service offering for energy products derived from natural gas.
"Pembina is excited to advance its West Coast Propane export strategy," said Mr. Taylor. "This Project, in conjunction with Pembina's proposed integrated propylene and polypropylene production facilities, is evidence of our efforts to find new markets for western Canadian hydrocarbons which should benefit our producer customers, local communities, partners and shareholders."
Pembina continues to work on engineering for several initiatives in the Duvernay area with the aim of expanding its asset base and increasing its level of customer service. The Company is advancing engineering for its 100 million cubic feet per day Duvernay II facility, a replica of its Duvernay I facility, and has begun preliminary engineering for substantial liquids handling and stabilization at the Duvernay I facility site, as well as work to connect Pembina's facilities into alternative sales gas pipelines in response to customer demand in the area. The Duvernay I facility, along with the associated field hub, is expected to come into service on time and on budget in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Pembina is also currently expanding the Kakwa River Facility gathering and inlet facilities to accommodate incremental development along with increasing liquids handling capabilities for Seven Generations Energy. The Company does not expect this work to have a material impact on its 2017 capital budget.
"Our strategic position in the prolific, liquids-rich areas of the Alberta Montney and Duvernay continues to provide opportunities for us to expand our service offering for our customers," said Jaret Sprott, Pembina's Vice President, Gas Services. "We are very encouraged by the increasing level of activity in the areas of our existing and planned facilities."