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Pembina Peace Pipeline Expansion

  • Project Type

    Natural gas liquids pipeline extension project

  • Project Location

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Start of Operations

    2020

  • Estimated Capacity

    1.3 million barrels a day

  • Developer

    Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Pembina Peace pipeline is a natural gas liquids and condensate pipeline located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The pipeline is operated by Pembina Pipeline Corporation (PPC) and has been expanded thrice.

PPC is currently undertaking the fourth and fifth phases of expansion of the pipeline, which are expected to be completed in 2018. A sixth phase expansion of the pipeline was announced in May 2018 with an estimated investment of $280m.

The phase six will increase pipeline’s capacity to approximately 1.3 million barrels a day by 2020, subject to regulatory and environmental approval.

Pembina Peace pipeline fourth and fifth phase expansion details

The phase four expansion of Pembina Peace pipeline, with an estimated investment of $75m, was announced in April 2017. It comprises the installation of two new pumping stations to a 24in pipeline extension between Fox Creek and Namao in Alberta, which was completed under the phase three expansion of the project.

The fourth phase is expected to increase the pipeline’s capacity by approximately 180,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Phase five of the expansion project includes the construction of a 95km-long, 20in diameter pipeline between Lator and Fox Creek. The estimated investment in the phase is $250m, with the pipeline capacity to be increased to 1.1 million bpd.

“A sixth phase expansion of the pipeline was announced in May 2018 with an estimated investment of $280m.”

Pembina Peace pipeline phase six expansion details

Phase six of the project will add a 16in diameter pipeline from La Glace to Wapiti as well as pump station upgrades and a 20in diameter pipeline between Kakwa and Lator. It will also include pump station upgrades at Gordondale in Alberta.

The sixth phase will be built to support the increased production from the Deep Basin and Montney resource plays.

Details of previous expansions of Pembina Peace pipeline

Phase one expansion of the Peace pipeline was initiated to increase the capacity by 40,000bpd to approximately 195,000bpd of crude oil and condensate. It was brought into service in December 2013.

In the same year, PPC officially proceeded with the second phase expansion of the pipeline. Phase two was aimed at increasing the pipeline capacity by 55,000bpd, which was completed in January 2015 with an investment of $250m.

It involved the installation of five new pumping stations, upgrading six existing pumping stations, and adding additional operational storage. It also included tie-ins and mainline expansion works.

The expansion was proposed to accommodate the increase in crude oil and condensate production volumes from the Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, and Fox Creek regions. The first and second phase expansions were aimed at increasing the pipelines’ capacity by approximately 61%.

The $325m phase three expansion of the pipeline commenced in 2013 and was completed in 2017. It included the laying of approximately 560km of new pipeline to the increase capacity to 420,000bpd. The project also required the debottlenecking and upgrading of certain sections of the existing pipeline along with the construction of new pumping stations.

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