Pembina Pipeline receives approval for north-east British Columbia expansion

Pembina Pipeline has received regulatory approval to begin construction of its previously announced $235m pipeline infrastructure expansion in north-east British Columbia (NEBC expansion), Canada.

The project comprises developing nearly 145km pipeline carrying a 12in diameter. The pipeline will have a base design capacity to transport up to 75,000 barrels per day.

The pipeline will be nearly parallel to the existing Blueberry pipeline system situated north-west of Taylor to the Highway / Blair Creek area of British Colombia.

Pembina Pipeline and Crude Oil Facilities senior vice-president Paul Murphy said: “With regulatory sanctioning of the NEBC Expansion, we have secured approvals for the majority of the projects within our conventional pipelines business.

“The NEBC Expansion strengthens Pembina's presence within the prolific geology of north-east B.C. and is located in close proximity to a variety of area producers who may have future transportation needs.”

"The approval of our NEBC Expansion and impending resolution to this receivership are a great start to 2017."

The NEBC Expansion will be providing a channel for natural gas liquids and condensate produced at Montney resource to access Pembina's downstream pipeline systems and reach the markets of Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan in the Alberta area.

The company expects to complete and bring the NEBC Expansion on-stream by the end of this year.

Pembina president and chief executive officer Mick Dilger said: “The approval of our NEBC Expansion and impending resolution to this receivership are a great start to 2017.

“We are looking forward to the year ahead and the transformation it will bring for our company and our shareholders as we bring the bulk of our assets under construction into service and start generating associated cash flows.”

Headquartered in Calgary, Pembina Pipeline owns and operates an integrated system of pipelines that transport natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids, mainly within western Canada. It also owns gas gathering and processing facilities.