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Grand Rapids Pipeline Construction Approved in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Written by; Markus MacIntyre / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sat Oct 11 2014

  


The Alberta Energy Regulator has recently approved the contsruction of the $3.2 billion (CAD) Grand Rapids oil pipeline. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation call it the "mother of all pipelines", as it will have a capacity nearly twice of what the proposed "Northern Gateway" pipeline would ship to the British Columbia coast.

TransCanada will commence construction of the massive pipeline this coming fall. With minor obstacles and criticisms by the Alberta Energy Regulator, the company is seeking for alternative routes in 3 different locations in Strathcona County. The regulator stated that there are several pipelines passing through Strathcona County and the Fort Saskatchewan area that energy firms and local government should work hand in hand to identify new and alternative corridors.

The tiwn pipelines will stretch 460 kilometres. One pipeline will carry 900,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day to Edmonton and the second pipeline will funnel 330,000 barrels per day of diluent.

The pipeline is is a joint venture between Calgary based TransCanada and Phoenix Energy, which is a subsidy of PetroChina. approximately half of the pipeline capacities will be used by Brion Energy, which is also a subsidiary of PetroChina.

The pipeline begins west of Fort MacKay, involving twenty six river crossings and funnels through 130 km of forest woodland and wildlife habitat.

  

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