Pipeline from Alberta to US markets being expanded – Plains Midstream Canada

The expansion of the Rangeland pipeline system will boost capacity by 200,000 b/d.

The expansions of the Rangeland pipeline will be staged into service during the last half of 2019 with full capacity realized in 2021.  Plains Midstream Canada photo.

Last week, Plains Midstream Canada announced a proposal to expand its Rangeland pipeline system to increase its delivery capacity both north to Edmonton and south to the US border at Carway, Alberta by approximately 80,000 barrels per day (b/d).

The expansion of the crude oil pipeline is subject to the company securing sufficient commitments from shippers as well as receiving necessary permits and regulatory approvals.

According to the Calgary-based company, the expansion of the Rangeland pipeline will boost its takeaway capacity for the East Duvernay and other Rangeland-area production and will increase crude shipments out of the Edmonton market hub.

“The Rangeland expansion provides a timely, efficient and cost-effective solution providing much-needed market access and flexibility,” said Tyler Rimbey, executive VP, Commercial, PMC.

The expansion will increase Rangeland’s current light crude oil capacity to about 200,000 barrels per day (b/d).  Service between Edmonton and Sundre will be expanded from 50,000 barrels per day to approximately 100,000 barrels per day and, additionally, will be capable of bi-directional service.

As well, the line from Sundre to the US border will be expanded from its current 20,000 b/d to 100,000 b/d.

The expansions will be staged into service during the last half of 2019 with full capacity realized in 2021.

“We remain focused on leveraging our existing systems in creative ways to meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Rimbey.

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