CALGARY - Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX:PPL) said Tuesday that it's going ahead with a $210-million expansion to its pipeline network that will transport condensates and natural gas liquids out of northeastern British Columbia.
The Calgary-based company has signed binding agreements with customers for the NEBC Expansion project, which will serve producers in the Montney formation.
"Pembina has been actively engaging with producers regarding the development of the Montney play," said Jason Wiun, Pembina's vice-president of conventional pipelines.
"With significant exploration in the area, our customers are looking for a solution for their liquids production."
Natural gas liquids, feedstock for the plastics and petrochemical industries, fetch a better price than dry natural gas. Energy firms in Western Canada have been pouring more capital into "liquids-rich" areas like the Montney in recent years to boost their bottom lines.
Pembina's NEBC project will connect Montney gas via Pembina's existing infrastructure to the Edmonton area market hub.
Earlier this year, Pembina announced a $2.44-billion Phase III expansion project to grow capacity on its Alberta pipeline network. The NEBC pipeline will feed more volumes into that system.
"The NEBC Expansion is a great opportunity for us as it further supports the economics of our Phase III Expansion," said Wiun. "We have been expanding our infrastructure across the Alberta portion of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and are very excited to have the opportunity to extend our service to our customers in B.C. The project not only benefits our customers, it also benefits our investors as we are able to add additional value through our integrated service offering."
Pembina aims to have the 75,000-barrel-per-day NEBC pipeline up and running in mid to late 2017.
On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Pembina shares were off a penny at $45.27 on Tuesday.