Enbridge is planning the construction of additional terminal facilities and a new pipeline to support increased production from an oilsands project in the Christina Lake area of northern Alberta.
“We are pleased to move forward in supporting the planned production growth from the Christina Lake project,” said Guy Jarvis, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Liquids and Pipelines.
“This expansion furthers Enbridge’s plans to bring incremental volume from projects in the region to the Athabasca Twin pipeline.”
The Sunday Creek Terminal expansion includes the development of a new site adjacent to the existing terminal and the construction of a new 350,000 barrel tank.
It will include associated piping, pumps and measurement equipment, as well as civil construction work for a future tank.
The estimated cost for the expansion is about $200 million and the project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015.
The existing Sunday Creek Terminal was put into service in August 2011.
The Christina Lake oilsands project, operated by Cenovus Energy and jointly owned with ConocoPhillips, is located about 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray.
Christina Lake started production in 2002 and has eight phases planned so far.
Phases A, B, C, D and E are in operation, while plans for phases F and G have received regulatory approval.
An application for Phase H was submitted for regulatory review in 2013.
The project supports a production capacity increase of 50,000 bbl/d to 310,000 bbl/d.
Enbridge is also planning to expand the existing Athabasca Pipeline to increase capacity requirements of the Christina Lake oilsands project. The National Energy Board (NEB) released a report on Jan. 30 that recommends the federal government approve Enbridge’s Edmonton to Hardisty Pipeline Project.
The project includes the construction of a new 36 inch diameter pipeline, about 182 km in length, from its existing Edmonton Terminal, near Edmonton to its existing Hardisty Terminal, near Hardisty.
The NEB also approved the construction of a new initiating pump station at the existing Enbridge Edmonton Terminal, as well as two new pump stations at each of Enbridge’s existing Strome and Kingman stations.
In addition, the project involves the construction of associated facilities and infrastructure at the existing Edmonton and Hardisty Terminals.
This includes interconnecting piping, receiving and sending traps, a new booster pump at the existing Edmonton terminal, electrical infrastructure, instrumentation controls, and supervisory control and data acquisition system equipment.