MEG Energy plays an active role in connecting its growing production to market demand through a 50% ownership in the Access Pipeline.
Running 345 kilometres between MEG’s Christina Lake Project and the Edmonton-area upgrading, refining and transportation hub, Access comprises two pipelines:
- A 16-inch, 90,000 barrel per day diluent line from Edmonton running north to our current and planned operations
- A 24-inch, 200,000 barrel per day line carrying a bitumen and diluent blend back to the Edmonton area
In December 2011, MEG announced plans to expand the capacity of the Access Pipeline to accommodate planned production growth. The proposal calls for building a new 42-inch blended product pipeline along the existing pipe corridor and reversing the current blend line to carry diluent. Pending regulatory approval, the expanded pipeline is expected to be in operation by 2015.
The expansion of the Access Pipeline continues our strategy of ensuring MEG has control of the necessary pipeline export capacity in place as production volumes increase. Together with the planned Stonefell Terminal, Access effectively places MEG’s wellhead at the Edmonton hub, providing opportunities to expand market access and increase the value of our products.
Pipeline Safety – Our Top Priority
Operating since 2007, Access Pipeline incorporates modern pipeline technologies and comprehensive processes to support safe and reliable operations, including:
- Initial x-ray inspection of welds on the pipeline and hydro-testing with water to ensure integrity under pressure
- 24/7 oversight of pipeline operations using advanced remote monitoring equipment
- Regular aerial and ground inspections of the exterior of the pipe and surrounding area
- Biennial inspection of the pipe walls and interior condition using mobile sensors that travel inside the pipe
- Public awareness campaigns to ensure local industry and stakeholders know the location of the pipeline and can take steps to avoid accidental impacts