Pembina Pipeline to build NGL extraction

By OGJ editors

Pembina Pipeline Corp. will build, own, and operate a 200 MMcfd NGL extraction plant and associated NGL and gas gathering pipelines in the Berland area of west central Alberta, the company reported.

The Saturn plant will be connected to Talisman Energy Inc.'s Wild River and Bigstone gas plants through existing and newly constructed gas gathering lines. Once operational, the Saturn Plant will be able to extract up to 13,500 b/d of liquids, said the company. It plans to build an 83-km, 8-in. NGL pipeline to move the extracted NGL from to Pembina's Peace pipeline, which delivers product into Edmonton.

Pembina said it expects the Saturn plant, associated NGL and gas gathering pipelines, and storage to cost about $200 million (Can). Subject to regulatory and environmental approval, Pembina said it expects the plant and associated pipelines to be in-service in fourth-quarter 2013. Pembina has entered into a long-term, firm service agreement with Talisman.

Saturn, combined with Pembina's Musreau Deep Cut plant and its recently announced Resthaven plant, will bring Pembina's total enhanced NGL extraction capacity to about 600 MMcfd, said the announcement, which could add up to about 40,000 b/d of NGL for transportation on Pembina's conventional pipelines by yearend 2013. To accommodate this expected volume increase, Pembina is currently “assessing its mainline capacity to determine potential expansion requirements,” it said.

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