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Environmental decision released on Flemish Pass and Eastern Newfoundland offshore projects

Tanks Five and Six of Twelve Completed Ahead of Schedule at Kinder Morgan's Base Line Terminal Joint Venture

Kinder Morgan Canada following the successful completion of the first four tanks and commencement of service in January, is pleased to announce that two additional tanks at the Base Line Terminal are available for service ahead of schedule, starting March 13th.  The two tanks add an additional 800,000 barrels of crude storage to the 1.6 million barrels currently in operation.

Pembina prepares for $290 million Duvernay infrastructure development

Pembina Pipeline Corporation announced that it has executed further agreements whereby the Company will construct and operate the first tranche of infrastructure development under its previously announced 20-year infrastructure development and service agreement with Chevron Canada Limited. The Agreement includes over 230,000 acres of land dedication by Chevron in the liquids-rich Kaybob region of the Duvernay. 

Under the Service Agreements, Pembina has been requested to develop and construct: 
  • raw product separation and water removal infrastructure; 
  • a condensate stabilization facility with approximately 30,000 barrels per day ("bpd") of raw inlet condensate handling capacity; 
  • a 100 million cubic feet per day gas processing facility with approximately 5,000 bpd of propane-plus liquids capacity ("Duvernay II" a replica of Pembina's Duvernay I facility); and 
  • a 10-inch condensate pipeline lateral that will connect to the Company's Peace Pipeline system.
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Petronas pulls plug on Pacific Northwest LNG

One of British Columbia's flagship liquefied natural gas projects has been cancelled. Pacific Northwest LNG, the $36 billion project set just outside Prince Rupert on the B.C. North Coast, will not proceed, the company stated in a press release Tuesday, July 25. According to the announcement, the Petronas-backed project - approved by the federal government last fall - was spiked after a review conducted because of market condition changes.

Oil recovery system powered by wind shows potential in testing

The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase, which includes refining and testing the electrical systems, and investigating possibilities for broader applications. The project consists of four partners: DNV GL, ExxonMobil and ENI Norge – all part of the first phase – and the Norwegian Research Council – a new participant for this second phase. 

Towerbirch Expansion Project receives B.C. environmental assessment certificate

British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman have issued an environmental assessment certificate to NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. for the Towerbirch Expansion Project, an 87-km-long interprovincial natural gas pipeline between British Columbia and Alberta. Approximately 69 km would be in the Peace River Regional District in northeast British Columbia.

Fluor takes on construction-related support for Woodfibre

Fluor Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement with JGC America, Inc. (JGC) to provide construction-related support to the front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for the Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in the District of Squamish near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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AltaGas to construct 120 Mmcf/d processing facility in Montney

AltaGas Ltd. has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent on January 20, 2017 with a significant Montney producer to construct a 120 Mmcf/d deep-cut natural gas processing facility and a natural gas liquids separation train, capable of processing up to 10,000 Bbls/d of NGL mix, and rail terminal. The Facilities, which are to be located in another area of the Montney separate from AltaGas’ current operations, are expected to have access to the CN rail network allowing for the transportation of propane to the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal which AltaGas declared a positive Final Investment Decision on earlier this year. 

FERC approves construction of two U.S. natural gas lines by TransCanada

TransCanada Corporation announced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order approving the construction of the Leach XPress and Rayne XPress projects. The combined $1.8 billion investments will provide additional outlets to transport domestic, clean burning natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica production areas to higher-value Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.

Collaboration leads to first Distributed Buoyancy Module for installation by ROV

To meet customer demands, Trelleborg’s offshore operation collaborated with SubC Partner to design, manufacture and test a Distributed Buoyancy Module (DBM) for installation by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) on to an FPSO’s 12 inch production riser in a steep wave configuration. By having an ROV installable DBM, Trelleborg and SubC Partner were able to successfully execute a world first offshore project, which succeeded in replacing buoyancy modules on a live riser, without shutting oil production.

Approval granted for AltaGas Townsend Facility expansion

AltaGas Ltd. has received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission for the doubling of the Townsend Facility to 396 MMcf/d and to retrofit the existing 198 MMcf/d shallow-cut Townsend Facility to a deep-cut facility at a future date. The initial expansion will be a 100 Mmcf/d shallow-cut natural gas processing facility to be located on the existing Townsend site, adjacent to the currently operating Townsend Facility. The estimated cost of Townsend Phase 2 will be approximately $85 to $95 million. In addition, incremental field compression equipment, estimated to cost between $35 to $45 million, will be required to move raw gas production from the Blair Creek area to Townsend. Long-lead major equipment has been ordered and Townsend Phase 2 is expected to begin commercial operations in October 2017. It is expected that Townsend Phase 2 will be fully contracted with Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd. under a 20-year take-or-pay agreement.

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Saddle West project to move forward, expand NGTL system capacity

TransCanada Corporation announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), will move forward with an expansion of its NGTL System, the Saddle West Project, which will increase total natural gas transportation capacity on the northwest portion of the system by approximately 355 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d). The project is underpinned by incremental firm service contracts and is expected to be in service in 2019.

Petrochemical projects provide propane-powered profit for Alberta economy

Alberta's economy is on track to get a propane-powered boost thanks to a pair of new projects announced by provincial officials under the Petrochemicals Diversification Program. Announced in February of 2016, the program is providing royalty credits to the pair of operations that will take propane extracted from natural gas resources and produce value-added plastics products used all over the world every day.

Scotford Refinery project increases hydrocracker production capacity 20 percent

Shell has successfully completed a major growth project at its Scotford Refinery near Edmonton, Alberta that will increase hydrocracker production capacity by 20 percent. The project was completed through the debottlenecking of the hydrocracker, a core refining unit for making transportation fuels, such as diesel and jet fuel. The debottlenecking process replaces vessels, compressors and feed pumps to allow a greater volume of heavy crude oil to be processed.

Federal government approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines

Canada's federal government has approved two major pipeline expansions, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Line 3 replacement proposed by Enbridge. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr and Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced the approvals, which will create an estimated 23,000 new jobs during construction and expand global markets for Canadian oil by removing a major bottleneck in the flow of product to refineries and other buyers.

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project signs agreement with Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs

TransCanada Corporation announced that its Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project (PRGT) has signed a project agreement with 12 hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan Nation. The hereditary chiefs each represent a Wilp (house group) whose territory is affected by the project route. The agreement outlines economic and employment benefits as well as other commitments that will be provided for as long as the project is in service.

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