Oil Sands Infrastructure
The regional oil sands system provides connectivity from several oil sands customers to the Edmonton and Hardisty areas with a total annual average capacity of approximately 2.5 million bpd.
The Athabasca Terminal, located north of Fort McMurray, provides operational receipt tankage for multiple products. The terminal is the initiation point for injections onto both the Athabasca Pipeline and the Wood Buffalo Pipeline. Athabasca Terminal has a total tank storage capacity of approximately 3.4 million barrels.
The Cheecham Terminal, located south of Fort McMurray, acts as a major hub, providing operational tankage to facilitate receipt of product from oil sands customers. Additionally, Cheecham Terminal provides connectivity for injections onto the Waupisoo Pipeline, Athabasca Pipeline, and the Wood Buffalo Extension Pipeline. The Norlite Diluent Pipeline is connected to Cheecham Terminal for the receipt of condensates. Cheecham Terminal expanded to the west of the existing terminal with the acquisition of two additional tanks, land and connecting facilities in 2019; the total tank storage capacity of Cheecham terminal has reached approximately 3.3 million barrels.
The Athabasca Pipeline runs from Athabasca Terminal to the Hardisty area. The 30” pipeline has an average annual capacity of 570,000 bpd.
The Athabasca Pipeline Twin runs from Kirby Lake Terminal to the Hardisty area. The 36” pipeline has an average annual capacity of 800,000 bpd.
The Wood Buffalo Pipeline Extension runs from Cheecham and Kirby Lake where it connects to the Athabasca Pipeline Twin and delivers to the Hardisty area. The 36” pipeline has an average annual capacity of 800,000 bpd.
The Waupisoo Pipeline runs from Cheecham Terminal to the Edmonton area. The 30” pipeline has an annual average capacity of 550,000 bpd.
The Woodland Pipeline, a joint venture partnership with Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil, provides transport services from the Kearl Oil Sands Project to the Edmonton area. The 36” pipeline has an average annual capacity of 379,000 bpd and is expandable to 800,000 bpd.
The Wood Buffalo Pipeline runs from Athabasca Terminal to Cheecham Terminal. The 30” pipeline has an average annual capacity of 550,000 bpd.
The Norealis Pipeline provides terminalling and transportation services from the Husky Sunrise Oil Sands Project to Cheecham Terminal. The 24” pipeline has an average annual capacity of 90,000 bpd, and is expandable to 270,000 bpd.
The Norlite Diluent Pipeline, a joint venture partnership with Keyera Partnership, has the capability to bring diluent from the Edmonton/ Fort Saskatchewan area to the oil sands region. The 24” pipeline has an annual average capacity of 218,000 bpd, and is expandable to 465,000 bpd.
Enbridge continues to identify and develop new pipeline infrastructure and use existing capacity to ensure production growth from the region can reach Alberta market hubs in a safe, reliable and efficient manner.
Enbridge has expanded an existing meter manifold to provide further flexibility and receipt capacity from the Norlite Diluent Pipeline into the Cheecham Terminal.
With its joint venture partners, Imperial Oil Resources Limited and ExxonMobil Canada Properties, Enbridge is working to expand the Woodland Pipeline capacity to 570,000 bpd. This includes pump modifications and a new intermediate pump station at Abee. The target in-service date is mid-2021. The expansion project provides incremental throughput and will support long-term growth in the oil sands.