CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – June 16, 2014) – Inter Pipeline Ltd. (“Inter Pipeline”) (TSX:IPL) announced today that it has entered into a binding agreement with Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited (“JACOS”) and Nexen Energy ULC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited (“Nexen”), to provide diluent transportation services for their jointly owned Hangingstone oil sands project. Under the initial term of the 20-year ship-or-pay agreement, Inter Pipeline will provide 7,000 barrels per day (“b/d”) of committed capacity on its Polaris pipeline system.
The Hangingstone project is located approximately 50 kilometres southwest of Fort McMurray and in close proximity to the Polaris pipeline system. JACOS holds a 75% interest in the Hangingstone project and acts as the project operator with Nexen holding a 25% interest. JACOS has stated that their initial stage of bitumen production is expected to reach 20,000 b/d, with the potential for future expansion.
Diluent transportation services will be provided through the existing Polaris 12-inch diameter diluent mainline. A new $25 million, 2 kilometre pipeline lateral with associated metering facilities will connect Polaris to the Hangingstone oil sands facility. Construction is expected to begin in 2015, with the new connection entering commercial service in mid 2016. A map of the Polaris pipeline system including the new Hangingstone connection is available on our website at www.interpipeline.com.
“We are very pleased to announce another highly capital efficient, long-term ship-or-pay connection on our Polaris pipeline system,” stated Christian Bayle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inter Pipeline. “This agreement marks the ninth oil sands production facility to have its diluent delivery requirements met by Polaris, further solidifying its position as the leading diluent transportation system to Alberta’s oil sands.”
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