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Pembina signs letter of intent for West Coast Terminal near Prince Rupert

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."

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NEB okays NGTL purchase and operation of Albersun Pipeline

NEB okays NGTL purchase and operation of Albersun Pipeline

The National Energy Board (NEB) is recommending that NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) be granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to continue operating the 179-kilometre long Albersun Pipeline in Northeastern Alberta. The NEB also approved NGTL's purchase of the pipeline. NGTL applied to the NEB in 2016 for leave to purchase the line from Suncor Energy Logistics Corporation (Suncor) and continue its operation. 

The facilities to be purchased include: 
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  • Suncor Mildred Lake Lateral - 5.8 km of 219 mm (NPS 8) pipeline; 
  • Suncor Gregoire Lateral - 23.4 km of 168 mm and 8.7 km of 89 mm (NPS 3) pipeline; 
  • Mildred Lake East Sales Meter Station; and
  • Associated pipe and valve facilities.

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Subsea variable speed drive completes successful shallow water test

The first full scale prototype of a subsea variable speed drive has been successfully tested in a sheltered harbor in Vaasa, Finland, taking the vision of an all-electric subsea processing facility one step closer to reality. A variable speed drive is needed to boost the productivity of oil and gas processes and improve energy efficiency, while providing the highest reliability.

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Cenovus projects reduced costs and continued deleveraging of balance sheet for 2018

Cenovus Energy Inc. plans to invest between $1.5 billion and $1.7 billion in 2018, with the majority of the budget allocated to sustain base production at the company's oil sands operations. The remaining capital will primarily support continued construction at the phase G oil sands expansion at Christina Lake, where costs are coming in below original expectations, and a targeted drilling program in the Deep Basin. This budget reflects Cenovus's focus on capital discipline, cost reduction and deleveraging.

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  • Per-barrel Deep Basin operating costs - down 11%
  • Per-barrel oil sands sustaining capital costs - down 12%
  • Christina Lake phase G go-forward capital efficiencies - a 21% improvement (vs. previous estimate)
  • Total oil sands production - up 26%

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Connectors for explosive environments now available in North America

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Electronic load monitoring combined with voltage distribution

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ABB-pioneered offshore microgrid to operate on Woodside platform

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ABB will provide Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company, with a PowerStore Battery storage system that is capable of remote management of operations and service. The system will be installed on the Goodwyn A platform. This innovative ABB solution will contribute to Woodside's 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions and will help lower cost of operations and maintenance.

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Siemens Pipelines 4.0 meets midstream operators' needs

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NACE releases new corrosion management platform

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NACE International Institute is proud to announce the release of its innovative IMPACT PLUS corrosion management product - the world's first platform to benchmark practices and improve corrosion management. This one-of-a-kind platform is designed to advance corrosion management performance across all industry sectors, from pipelines and bridges to maritime and defense systems, and beyond. Built as a tool for management professionals, the program balances technical and business solutions by utilizing process classification frameworks, maturity models and benchmarking expertise. 

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Differential gauge suitable for all air and non-corrosive gas installations

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Tidewater, TransAlta announce agreement for $150m natural gas pipeline

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Redesigned, maintenance-friendly pump design

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​Daimler Trucks North America Announces Changes in Senior Management

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