Inter Pipeline completes two pipeline expansion projects

Inter Pipeline Ltd. has announced that it has completed construction activity on two major expansion projects on its Cold Lake and Polaris pipeline systems.

These projects will provide transportation service to the Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands projects owned by the FCCL Partnership, a business venture between Cenovus Energy and ConocoPhillips.

As a result, Inter Pipeline will begin generating incremental EBITDA of approximately US$165 million per year.

"We are extremely pleased with the execution of these major construction projects, representing a combined investment of CAN$3 billion," commented Christian Bayle, Inter Pipeline's President and Chief Executive Officer. "They were completed on-schedule with an outstanding safety record during an extremely active construction window in our industry."

FCCL expansion projects

Pursuant to an agreement announced in July 2012, Inter Pipeline commenced work on an integrated, phased expansion of its Cold Lake and Polaris pipeline systems. In aggregate, Inter Pipeline will construct 840 km of pipeline and seven pump stations to provide transportation service to FCCL's Foster Creek, Christina Lake and Narrows Lake oil sands developments. FCCL has committed to 850 000 bpd of bitumen blend and diluent capacity under a 20 year ship-or-pay agreement.

With the commissioning of infrastructure related to the Foster Creek and Christina Lake expansions, Inter Pipeline has completed approximately 90% of planned construction work. In 2016 and 2017, Inter Pipeline expects to invest an additional CAN$290 million to provide transportation service to FCCL's Narrows Lake oil sands development.


Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

Published on 29/01/2015


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