Transportation

Inter Pipeline’s transportation segment consists of oil sands and conventional oil pipelines, as well as bulk liquid storage terminals.

In total, we operate six pipeline systems that gather petroleum products from producing sites in Alberta and Saskatchewan for delivery to market hubs primarily at Hardisty and Edmonton, Alberta.

Oil sands pipelines include the Cold Lake, Corridor and Polaris systems, with transportation services provided to shippers pursuant to long-term cost-of-service contracts that have a defined annual capital fee and recovery of substantially all operating costs. Conventional oil pipelines include the Bow River, Central Alberta and Mid-Saskatchewan systems. Transportation services are generally provided under cost-of-service and fee-based contracts. Midstream marketing activities are completed by the marketing segment for fixed service fees.

In addition, Inter Pipeline operates bulk liquid storage terminals in Denmark and Sweden, branded as Inter Terminals Nordics, which includes approximately 19 million barrels of storage capacity across eight terminals. This business provides build bulk, break bulk and custom blending services for oil, chemical and biofuel products through a combination of cost-of-service and fee-based arrangements.

Pipeline Systems

Oil Sands

Our oil sands pipeline systems transported roughly 1,240,300 b/d of bitumen blend and diluent in 2020. Consisting of the Cold Lake, Corridor and Polaris pipeline systems, oil sands has over 3,300 km of pipeline and 3.8 million barrels of storage.

The Cold Lake pipeline system is the largest transporter of Cold Lake area bitumen production. It provides pipeline transportation service for the founding shippers; FCCL Partnership, Canadian Natural Resources and Imperial Oil and also provides product transportation service for OSUM and Cenovus Energy. The producers’ heavy bitumen is blended with diluent, which is transported by Inter Pipeline from the Strathcona region to the Cold Lake area. This blended product is then shipped by the Cold Lake pipeline system to major crude oil terminalling hubs in Edmonton and Hardisty, Alberta. In 2020, the Cold Lake pipeline system transported approximately 621,000 b/d.

The Corridor pipeline system provides bitumen transportation services for the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Owned by Canadian Natural Resources, Chevron Canada and Shell Canada Energy, AOSP is a major mining and bitumen upgrading project in the Alberta oil sands.

The Corridor system links the AOSP production site and the oil processing and marketing hub near Edmonton, Alberta. In 2020, the Corridor system transported approximately 374,000 b/d.

The Polaris pipeline system is a diluent pipeline system that transports diluent from the Edmonton area to the Athabasca and Cold Lake areas of Alberta and is one of the major diluent transportation systems in Alberta. In 2020, the Polaris pipeline system transported approximately 245,000 b/d of diluent.

System: Cold Lake
Product: Bitumen blend and diluent
Storage Capacity (bbls): 376,000
2020 Throughput (b/d): 621,000

System: Corridor
Product: Bitumen blend, diluent and products
Storage Capacity (bbls): 3,450,000
2020 Throughput (b/d): 374,000

System: Polaris
Product: Diluent
Storage Capacity (bbls):
2020 Throughput (b/d): 245,000

Operations

    • Mid-Saskatchewan Pipeline
    • Bow River Pipeline
    • Central Alberta Pipeline
    • Nordic Terminals
    • Offgas Extraction Plants
    • NGL Straddle Plant
    • Heartland Petrochemical Complex
    • Redwater Olefinic Fractionator
    • TC Energy / Alberta System
    • Boreal Pipeline
    • Cold Lake Pipeline
    • Polaris Pipeline
    • Corridor Pipeline

Conventional Oil Pipelines

Our conventional oil pipelines include the Bow River, Central Alberta and Mid-Saskatchewan pipeline systems. Combined they span 3,900 kilometres and transported approximately 161,600 b/d of crude oil in 2020.

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The Bow River pipeline system is a crude oil gathering and transmission pipeline system which gathers oil from established producing fields in southeastern Alberta and transports it to Hardisty, Alberta.

The Central Alberta pipeline system is a light sour and light sweet crude oil gathering pipeline system which gathers oil from established producing fields in south central Alberta and transports it to the Enbridge pipeline system, Kinder Morgan North 40 terminal and the Trans Mountain pipeline at Edmonton.

The Mid-Saskatchewan pipeline system is a crude oil gathering system which gathers oil from established oil fields near Kindersley and Kerrobert, Saskatchewan and transports it to the Enbridge pipeline system at Kerrobert.

System: Bow River
Product: Crude Oil
Storage Capacity (bbls): 462,500
2020 Throughput (b/d): 85,000

System: Central Alberta
Product: Light sour and light sweet crude oil
Storage Capacity (bbls): 373,700
2020 Throughput (b/d): 29,000

System: Mid-Saskatchewan
Product: Crude Oil
Storage Capacity (bbls): 798,600
2020 Throughput (b/d): 47,000

Operations

    • Mid-Saskatchewan Pipeline
    • Bow River Pipeline
    • Central Alberta Pipeline
    • Nordic Terminals
    • Offgas Extraction Plants
    • NGL Straddle Plant
    • Heartland Petrochemical Complex
    • Redwater Olefinic Fractionator
    • TC Energy / Alberta System
    • Boreal Pipeline
    • Cold Lake Pipeline
    • Polaris Pipeline
    • Corridor Pipeline

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Bulk Liquid Storage

Inter Pipeline operates bulk liquid storage terminals in Denmark and Sweden, branded as Inter Terminals Nordics, which includes approximately 19 million barrels of storage capacity across eight terminals. Click here to visit Inter Terminals Nordics.

Operations

    • Mid-Saskatchewan Pipeline
    • Bow River Pipeline
    • Central Alberta Pipeline
    • Nordic Terminals
    • Offgas Extraction Plants
    • NGL Straddle Plant
    • Heartland Petrochemical Complex
    • Redwater Olefinic Fractionator
    • TC Energy / Alberta System
    • Boreal Pipeline
    • Cold Lake Pipeline
    • Polaris Pipeline
    • Corridor Pipeline

Sustainability

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