Monday, March 11, 2013

Will a Propane Terminal be the Next Big thing for the North Coast?

An interesting article from the Globe and Mail last week would seem to suggest that Prince Rupert may soon be among those locations being considered for a Propane and Butane Export Terminal.

The prospect of yet more development plans for the North Coast gets a review through the Globe (see article here) as Pembina Pipelines apparently seeks a way to ship the byproduct of its Alberta gas fields to export markets in Asia.

The desired terminal described as modest in size, would export propane to the British Columbia coast by rail car,  requiring a terminal able to export in the range of 35,000 to 40,000 barrels a day.

Both Prince Rupert and Kitimat are apparently the preferred destinations for terminal development, no doubt owing to current infrastructure in place and the rail connections currently in place which link the Alberta gas fields to both communities.

The Globe article examines much more than just the prospect of another terminal development for the North Coast, reviewing some of the factors currently in place in the global industry and why companies such as Pembina are anxious to find new markets and ways to get their product to them

You can learn more about the Pembina Pipeline Corporation from their website, which reviews their past projects and some of their future aspirations in Alberta and while not listed yet as a project in development, plans  that it would seem include British Columbia and the North Coast.

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