Williams plans Alberta NGL pipeline

Williams plans to build a 12-in. OD pipeline in Alberta to transport natural gas liquids and olefins from its extraction plant in Fort McMurray to its Redwater processing facility.

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Apr. 30 -- Williams plans to build a 12-in. OD pipeline in Alberta to transport natural gas liquids and olefins from its extraction plant in Fort McMurray to its Redwater processing facility. Construction of the 261-mile line will begin in 2010, with an anticipated in-service date of April 2012.

Initial capacity will be 43,000 b/d of off-gas liquids, expandable to 125,000 b/d by adding pump stations.

Williams currently ships processed off-gas liquids from Suncor Energy Inc.'s oil sands facility near Fort McMurray on the Suncor Oil Sands Pipe Line. The new line will provide additional capacity for Suncor and other oil sands NGL producers, Williams said.

Oil sands producers in the Fort McMurray area generate about 95,000 b/d of NGLs. Announced upgrader expansions will increase off-gas liquid volumes to 175,000 b/d with 10 years, Williams said.

Williams will pay the line's expected $283 million cost out of cash on hand.

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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