​Plains Midstream Canada planning to expand Rangeland Pipeline

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Plains Midstream Canada has announced a proposed plan to expand its Rangeland Pipeline in Central Alberta to provide incremental takeaway capacity both to the Edmonton market hub and into the U.S.

The Rangeland Pipeline connects with the Rocky Mountain Pipeline, which transports crude oil from the Canadian border and U.S. crude oil from Montana and North Dakota to destinations in Montana, Wyoming, and other interconnecting pipelines, according to the National Energy Board.

Subject to shipper commitments and regulatory approvals, Plains plans to increase Rangeland's current light crude oil capacity to approximately 200,000 barrels per day.

Service between Edmonton and Sundre will be expanded from 50,000 bbls/d to approximately 100,000 bbls/d and, additionally, will be capable of bi-directional service, the company said.

Sundre, south to the border, will be expanded from its current 20,000 barrels per day up to 100,000 barrels per day. The expansions will be staged into service during the last half of 2019 with full capacity realized in 2021.

"The Rangeland expansion provides a timely, efficient and cost-effective solution providing much needed market access and flexibility," Plains Midstream Canada executive vice-president Tyler Rimbey said in a statement.

"We remain focused on leveraging our existing systems in creative ways to meet the growing needs of our customers."