Pembina Pipeline Corporation (Pembina) proposed the design and construction of the Phase III Pipeline Expansion Project, which follows and expands segments of Pembina’s existing pipeline systems from Taylor, British Columbia to Edmonton, Alberta. The core of the Phase III Expansion Project was the Fox Creek to Namao (FCN) construction, which involved the installation of parallel NPS 16 (406.4 mm) and NPS 24 (609.6 mm) pipelines within a shared right-of-way (ROW). The project included more than 20 watercourse crossings requiring detailed engineering designs. One of the crossings identified was the Athabasca River, located approximately 8 km north of Whitecourt, Alberta.
Both new pipelines were designed to transport high vapour pressure (HVP) products, and increase transport capacity by 170,000 bpd and 500,000 bpd, respectively. With the parallel installations complete and placed into service on June 16, 2017, Pembina now has four pipelines within the Fox Creek to Namao corridor, which allow them to transport four distinct hydrocarbon products (propane-plus, ethane-plus, condensate, and crude oil) within segregated pipelines.
Chelsea Griffiths, EIT, CCI Solutions
Shane Monsour, Trenchless Specialist, CCI Solutions