Applications 1771853, et al.

 

Applications 1771853, et al.

Applications 1771853, et al.

Launch audio webcast
Hearing start time June 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Notice of Rescheduling of Hearing
Applications No. 1771853, et. al
Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd.

On April 29, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued a notice of hearing on Applications No. 1771853, et. al. The notice of hearing indicated that the hearing would start June 9, 2014, in Athabasca, Alberta. Subsequently, the AER issued a notice of postponement of hearing on June 2, 2014, indicating that the start date and location would be announced at a later date. This notice announces that the AER will hold a public hearing at the Lister Conference Centre, University of Alberta, 116 Street and 87 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Monday, June 23, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

Description of Project

Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd. (Grand Rapids) has applied under the Pipeline Act, the Public Lands Act, and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for approval to construct and operate the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project (see figure 1). The proposed project consists of two main lines, two periphery lines, four pump stations, and three tank farms. The project would transport bitumen blend from the Grand Rapids McKay Terminal at Legal Subdivision (LSD) 6 of Section 34, Township 89, Range 14, West of the 4th Meridian, to a meter station in the Edmonton area at LSD 15-32-052-23W4M. The capacity of the 508 millimetre (mm) main line would be 52 470 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (330 000 barrels per day [bbl/d]). The capacity of the 914 mm main line would be 143 090 m3/d (900 000 bbl/d). The total maximum petroleum storage capacity would be 240 000 m3/d (1 500 000 bbl/d). A list of the corresponding applications can be found below.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd.
450 –1 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 5H1
Attention: Linda Angus
Telephone: 403-920-7163
Fax: 403-920-2347
E-mail: linda_angus@transcanada.com

To view the applications and supporting documents, contact
AER Information Management Branch
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; press 2)
E-mail: infoservices@aer.ca
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To expedite your request, refer to this notice when making any requests for information.

For information on AER procedures, contact the authorizations specialist, Mike Schuster, by phone at 403-297-6013 or by e-mail to mike.schuster@aer.ca.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on June 11, 2014.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel


Figure 1. Grand Rapids Pipeline Project

Descriptions of the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project Applications

Pipeline Act Applications No. 1771853, 1771854, 1771855, 1771856, 1773896, 1788926, and 1793176

Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd. (Grand Rapids) has applied under Part 4 of the Pipeline Act for approval to construct and operate the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project, which consists of the following:

  • Applications No. 1771853 and 1771854 for two B121 pipelines to transport bitumen blend (crude oil) from the Grand Rapids McKay Terminal at Legal Subdivision (LSD) 6 of Section 34, Township 89, Range 14, West of the 4th Meridian, to a meter station in the Edmonton area at LSD 8-05-053-23W4M. The proposed pipelines would each be about 460.3 kilometres (km) long with maximum outside diameters of 914.0 and 508.0 millimetres (mm) respectively and would transport crude oil with a maximum hydrogen sulphide (H2S) concentration of 0.06 moles per kilomole (0.006 per cent).
  • Application No. 1771855 for one B121 pipeline about 4.56 km long with an outside diameter of 610.0 mm to transport crude oil with a maximum H2S concentration of 0.06 moles per kilomole (0.006 per cent) from a tank farm at LSD 9-11-090-14W4M to a tank farm at LSD 6-34-089-14W4M.
  • Application No. 1771856 for one B121 pipeline about 4.56 km long with an outside diameter of 406.4 mm to transport hydrocarbon diluents from a tank farm at LSD 6-34-089-14W4M (Grand Rapids McKay Terminal) to a tank farm at LSD 9-11-090-14W4M, with a maximum H2S concentration of 0.06 moles per kilomole (0.006 per cent).
  • Application No. 1773896 for three B130 crude oil tank farms located at
    • LSD 11-34-089-14W4M (Grand Rapids McKay Terminal), comprising storage tanks and a pump station with a pump rating of 34 736 kilowatts (kW),
    • LSD 15-25-085-19W4M (Grand Rapids Saleski Terminal), comprising storage tanks and a pump station with a pump rating of 38 775 kW, and
    • LSD 8-28-055-21W4M (Grand Rapids Heartland Terminal), comprising storage tanks and a pump station with a pump rating of 33 704 kW.
  • Application No. 1788926 for one B121pipeline about 2.85 km long with an outside diameter of 914.0 mm to transport crude oil with a maximum H2S concentration of 0.06 moles per kilomole (0.006 per cent) from a tie-in at LSD 06-04-053-23W4M to the property line of the Enbridge South Edmonton Terminal at LSD 15-32-52-23W4M (the South Edmonton Expansion).
  • Application No. 1793176 for four B133 crude oil pump stations located at
    • LSD 10-29-079-14W4M (Grand Rapids Thornbury Terminal) with a pump rating of 33 183 kW;
    • LSD 13-19-073-16W4M (Grand Rapids Wandering River Pump Station) with a pump rating of 28 337 kW;
    • LSD 10-15-067-18W4M (Grand Rapids Grassland Pump Station) with a pump rating of 38 031 kW; and
    • LSD 02-33-060-20W4M (Grand Rapids Newbrook Pump Station) with a pump rating of
      33 184 kW.

Public Lands Act Applications No. LOC131042, LOC131293, LOC131294, LOC131295, LOC131296, LOC131301, LOC131302, LOC131427, LOC131488, LOC131490, MLL130090, MLL130091, MLL130179, PIL130308, PIL130309, PIL130310, PIL130311, PIL130312, PIL130313, PIL130314, PIL130441, PIL130468, PLA130645, PLA130650, PLA130651, PLA130652, PLA130653, PLA130654, PLA130655, PLA130656, PLA130657, PLA130662, PLA130663, PLA130664, PLA130665, PLA130666, PLA130667, PLA130668, PLA130669, PLA130670, PLA130671, PLA130672, PLA130673, PLA130674, PLA130675, PLA130676, PLA130677, PLA130678, PLA130679, PLA130680, PLA130681, PLA130682, PLA130683, PLA130685, PLA130686, PLA130692, PLA130693, PLA130694, PLA130695, PLA130696, PLA130698, PLA130699, PLA130700, PLA130701, PLA130702, PLA130704, PLA130705, PLA130707, PLA130708, PLA130709, PLA130710, PLA130711, PLA131145, PLA131154, PLA131155, PLA131156, PLA131177, PLA131305, and PLA131759

Grand Rapids has applied under the Public Lands Act for approval to use public lands for this project at the locations listed above for the Pipeline Act applications. The application codes are LOC = licence of occupation (access roads), MLL = miscellaneous leases (tank farm, terminal station), PIL = pipeline installation leases, and PLA = pipeline lease agreement.

The AER notes that PLA130710 was included in the original application materials but inadvertently missed in the list of applications when Notice of Hearing was issued on April 29, 2014.

  • Applications No. MLL130090, MLL130179, and MLL130091 are for two tank farms with a total area of 35.75 hectares (ha), or 88.34 acres (ac), and a terminal station of 36 ha (88.96 ac). Of the three facilities, two would be accessed by routes proposed in LOC applications.
  • Application No. PIL130441 is for a LACT (lease automatic custody transfer site) and Application No. PIL131488 is for a pump station. These two applications represent a collective area of 9.48 ha (23.43 ac). These would be accessed by routes proposed in LOC applications with an average width of 8 metres (m) and a total length of 652 m.
  • Seven of the remaining PIL applications are for valve sites with a collective area of 0.43 ha (1.06 ac). Six of these would be accessed by routes proposed in LOC applications with an average width of 5 m and a total length of 677 m. Application No. PIL130468 would be accessed by a route proposed in PLA130682.
  • The PLA applications have approximate right-of-way widths ranging from 15–42 m and have a total length of 237.8 km on public lands. These applications consist of two pipes—one for diluent and one for bitumen— within one right-of-way with the exception of Application No. PLA131759, which consists of one pipe for bitumen that is 10 m wide and 282.7 m long.

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Applications No. 001-328929, 001-336043, 001-350276, and 001-350277

  • Grand Rapids has applied under Part 2 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA)for approval of the conservation and reclamation plan for the project at the same locations as listed above in the Pipeline Act applications. Application No. 001-328929 is for the conservation and reclamation plan, which includes construction and post-construction reclamation of the portion of the project that is located in the White Area.
  • Application No. 001-336043 is for industrial approval of the Heartland Terminal. Grand Rapids has applied to the AER under EPEA’s Activities Designation Regulation, Schedule 1, Division 2, Part 8(h)(vi), for an approval to construct, operate, and reclaim a bulk petroleum storage facility. The proposed facility would be located at LSD 8-28-055-21W4M, approximately 13 km northeast of Fort Saskatchewan and approximately 7 km southwest of Bruderheim. The proposed facility would include one aboveground storage tank for storing blended crude bitumen with a maximum storage capacity of 56 000 cubic metres (m3) (350 000 barrels [bbl]), and one aboveground storage tank for storing diluent with a maximum storage capacity of 24 000 m3 (150 000 bbl).
  • Application No. 001-350276 is for industrial approval of the Saleski Terminal. Grand Rapids has applied to the AER under EPEA’s Activities Designation Regulation, Schedule 1, Division 2, Part 8(h)(vi), for an approval to construct, operate, and reclaim a bulk petroleum storage facility. The proposed facility would be located on Crown lands within the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17. The proposed facility would be located at LSD 15-25-085-19W4M., approximately 90 km southwest of Fort McMurray. The proposed facility would include one aboveground storage tank for storing blended crude bitumen with a maximum storage capacity of 56 000 m3 (350 000 bbl), and one aboveground storage tank for storing diluent with a maximum storage capacity of 24 000 m3 (150 000 bbl).
  • Application No. 001-350277 is for industrial approval of the McKay Terminal. Grand Rapids has applied to the AER under EPEA’s Activities Designation Regulation, Schedule 1, Division 2, Part 8(h)(vi), for an approval to construct, operate, and reclaim a bulk petroleum storage facility. The proposed facility would be located on Crown lands within the Municipal District of Wood Buffalo at LSD 6-34-089-14W4M, approximately 40 km west of Fort McMurray. The proposed facility would include one aboveground storage tank for storing blended crude bitumen with a maximum storage capacity of 56 000 m3 (350 000 bbl), and one aboveground storage for storing diluent with a maximum storage capacity of 24 000 m3 (150 000 bbl).