Application 1771853, et al.

 

Application 1771853, et al.

Notice of Hearing
Applications No. 1771853, et al.
Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing of the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project, beginning Monday, June 9, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in the Nancy Appleby Theatre at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex, #2 University Drive, Athabasca, Alberta. If no parties request to participate, the hearing may be cancelled and the AER will continue to process and may approve the applications without a hearing.

Description of Project

Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd. (Grand Rapids) has applied under the Pipeline Act, the Public Lands Act, and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for approval to construct and operate the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project (see figure 1). The proposed project consists of two main lines, two periphery lines, four pump stations, and three tank farms. The project would transport bitumen blend from the Grand Rapids McKay Terminal at Legal Subdivision (LSD) 6 of Section 34, Township 89, Range 14, West of the 4th Meridian, to a meter station in the Edmonton area at LSD 15-32-052-23W4M. The initial capacity of the main lines would be 14 310 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (90 000 barrels per day [bbl/d]) with the ability to increase production to 52 470 m3/d (330 000 bbl/d). The total maximum petroleum storage capacity would be 240 000 m3/d (1 500 000 bbl/d). A list of the corresponding applications can be found below.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd.
450 – 1 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 5H1
Attention: Linda Angus
Telephone: 403-920-7163
Fax: 403-920-2347
E-mail: linda_angus@transcanada.com

To view the applications and supporting documents, contact
AER Information Management Branch
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 2)
E-mail: infoservices@aer.ca
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To expedite your request, refer to this notice when making any requests for information.

Requirements to Participate

If you wish to participate in the hearing, you must file a request to participate even if you have already filed a statement of concern with the AER.

Contents of a Request to Participate and Hearing Submission

If you wish to participate, you must, in accordance with the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice), provide a written submission that contains

  1. a copy of your statement of concern or an explanation why you did not file one;
  2. a concise statement indicating
    1. why and how you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications, or
    2. if you will not be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications, explain
      • how your participation will materially assist the AER in deciding the matter that is the subject of the hearing,
      • your interest in the hearing,
      • how your participation will not unnecessarily delay the hearing, and
      • how you will not repeat or duplicate the evidence presented by the other parties to the hearing;
    3. the outcome on the application that you advocate,
    4. the nature and scope of your intended participation, including the facts you propose to show in evidence, the nature and extent of testimony, and any expert reports and evidence,
    5. a list of witnesses you wish to present to speak to the evidence,
    6. your efforts, if any, to resolve issues associated with the proceeding directly with the applicant;
  3. your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, e-mail address or, if you do not have an e-mail address, your fax number;
  4. if you have a representative, their name, address in Alberta, telephone number, e-mail address or, if they do not have an e-mail address, their fax number; and
  5. if you are acting on behalf of a group or association of persons, the nature of your membership in the group or association.
Confidentiality

Section 49 of the Rules of Practice requires that all documents and information filed in a proceeding be placed on the public record. If you file a submission, you must not include any personal information that you do not want to appear on or are not authorized to put on the public record. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential.

Questions of Constitutional Law

In addition to giving notice according to section 12 of the Administrative Procedure and Jurisdiction Act and schedule 2 of the Designation of Constitutional Decision Makers Regulation, you must include the following information in your submission and file it according to the dates listed under How to File Submissions if you intend to raise a question of constitutional law:

  1. the constitutional question you intend to raise,
  2. the legal argument you intend to make, and
  3. the evidence you intend to rely on in support of your legal argument.

Under section 21 of the Responsible Energy Development Act, the AER does not have jurisdiction to assess the adequacy of Crown consultation associated with the rights of aboriginal peoples as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act.

How to File Submissions

Submissions must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on the filing dates below.

May 23, 2014 Final date for interested parties to file a request to participate and submissions.
May 28, 2014 Final date for response submission from the applicant.

Submissions must be compatible with AER systems and should be PDF documents with bookmarks, page numbers, and optical character recognition. Send one copy of your submission to Grand Rapids GP Ltd. at the name and address above and one copy to
Mike Schuster, Authorizations Specialist
Authorizations Infrastructure (Oil and Gas)
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4

Compensation Issues

Submissions relating exclusively to compensation for land use are not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Alberta Surface Rights Board.

Prehearing Applications and Motions to the AER

In an effort not to use hearing time for matters that may be dealt with prior to the hearing, all prehearing applications or motions must be filed with the AER and served on all other parties on or before 4:00 p.m., May 29, 2014. The AER will endeavour to hear (via an oral, written, or other process) any application or motion that it receives and render a decision prior to the start of the hearing.

Eligibility for Hearing-Related Costs for Participants

Participants in a hearing who intend to seek advanced payment or repayment of hearing-related costs must apply according to Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims.

For information on AER procedures, contact the authorizations specialist, Mike Schuster, by phone at 403-297-6013 or by e-mail to mike.schuster@aer.ca.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on April 29, 2014.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel


Figure 1. Grand Rapids Pipeline Project

Descriptions of the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project Applications

Pipeline Act Applications No. 1771853, 1771854, 1771855, 1771856, 1773896, 1788926, and 1793176

Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd. (Grand Rapids) has applied under Part 4 of the Pipeline Act for approval to construct and operate the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project, which consists of the following:

  • Applications No. 1771853 and 1771854 for two B121 pipelines to transport bitumen blend (crude oil) from the Grand Rapids McKay Terminal at Legal Subdivision (LSD) 6 of Section 34, Township 89, Range 14, West of the 4th Meridian, to a meter station in the Edmonton area at LSD 8-05-053-23W4M. The proposed pipelines would each be about 460.3 kilometres (km) long with maximum outside diameters of 914.0 and 508.0 millimetres (mm) respectively and would transport crude oil with a maximum hydrogen sulphide (H2S) concentration of 0.06 moles per kilomole (0.006 per cent).
  • Application No. 1771855 for one B121 pipeline about 4.56 km long with an outside diameter of 610.0 mm to transport crude oil with a maximum H2S concentration of 0.06 moles per kilomole (0.006 per cent) from a tank farm at LSD 9-11-090-14W4M to a tank farm at LSD 6-34-089-14W4M.
  • Application No. 1771856 for one B121 pipeline about 4.56 km long with an outside diameter of 406.4 mm to transport hydrocarbon diluents from a tank farm at LSD 6-34-089-14W4M (Grand Rapids McKay Terminal) to a tank farm at LSD 9-11-090-14W4M, with a maximum H2S concentration of 0.06 moles per kilomole (0.006 per cent).
  • Application No. 1773896 for three B130 crude oil tank farms located at
    • LSD 11-34-089-14W4M (Grand Rapids McKay Terminal), comprising storage tanks and a pump station with a pump rating of 34 736 kilowatts (kW),
    • LSD 15-25-085-19W4M (Grand Rapids Saleski Terminal), comprising storage tanks and a pump station with a pump rating of 38 775 kW, and
    • LSD 8-28-055-21W4M (Grand Rapids Heartland Terminal), comprising storage tanks and a pump station with a pump rating of 33 704 kW.
  • Application No. 1788926 for one B121pipeline about 2.85 km long with an outside diameter of 914.0 mm to transport crude oil with a maximum H2S concentration of 0.06 moles per kilomole (0.006 per cent) from a tie-in at LSD 06-04-053-23W4M to the property line of the Enbridge South Edmonton Terminal at LSD 15-32-52-23W4M (the South Edmonton Expansion).   
  • Application No. 1793176 for four B133 crude oil pump stations located at
    • LSD 10-29-079-14W4M (Grand Rapids Thornbury Terminal) with a pump rating of 33 183 kW;
    • LSD 13-19-073-16W4M (Grand Rapids Wandering River Pump Station) with a pump rating of 28 337 kW;
    • LSD 10-15-067-18W4M (Grand Rapids Grassland Pump Station) with a pump rating of 38 031 kW; and
    • LSD 02-33-060-20W4M (Grand Rapids Newbrook Pump Station) with a pump rating of
      33 184 kW.

Public Lands Act Applications No. LOC131042, LOC131293, LOC131294, LOC131295, LOC131296, LOC131301, LOC131302, LOC131427, LOC131488, LOC131490, MLL130090, MLL130091, MLL130179, PIL130308, PIL130309, PIL130310, PIL130311, PIL130312, PIL130313, PIL130314, PIL130441, PIL130468, PLA130645, PLA130650, PLA130651, PLA130652, PLA130653, PLA130654, PLA130655, PLA130656, PLA130657, PLA130662, PLA130663, PLA130664, PLA130665, PLA130666, PLA130667, PLA130668, PLA130669, PLA130670, PLA130671, PLA130672, PLA130673, PLA130674, PLA130675, PLA130676, PLA130677, PLA130678, PLA130679, PLA130680, PLA130681, PLA130682, PLA130683, PLA130685, PLA130686, PLA130692, PLA130693, PLA130694, PLA130695, PLA130696, PLA130698, PLA130699, PLA130700, PLA130701, PLA130702, PLA130704, PLA130705, PLA130707, PLA130708, PLA130709, PLA130711, PLA131145, PLA131154, PLA131155, PLA131156, PLA131177, PLA131305, and PLA131759

Grand Rapids has applied under the Public Lands Act for approval to use public lands for this project at the locations listed above for the Pipeline Act applications. The application codes are LOC = licence of occupation (access roads), MLL = miscellaneous leases (tank farm, terminal station), PIL = pipeline installation leases, and PLA = pipeline lease agreement.

  • Applications No. MLL130090, MLL130179, and MLL130091 are for two tank farms with a total area of 35.75 hectares (ha), or 88.34 acres (ac), and a terminal station of 36 ha (88.96 ac). Of the three facilities, two would be accessed by routes proposed in LOC applications.
  • Application No. PIL130441 is for a LACT (lease automatic custody transfer site) and Application No. PIL131488 is for a pump station. These two applications represent a collective area of 9.48 ha (23.43 ac). These would be accessed by routes proposed in LOC applications with an average width of 8 metres (m) and a total length of 652 m.
  • Seven of the remaining PIL applications are for valve sites with a collective area of 0.43 ha (1.06 ac). Six of these would be accessed by routes proposed in LOC applications with an average width of 5 m and a total length of 677 m. Application No. PIL130468 would be accessed by a route proposed in PLA130682.
  • The PLA applications have approximate right-of-way widths ranging from 15–42 m and have a total length of 237.8 km on public lands. These applications consist of two pipes—one for diluent and one for bitumen— within one right-of-way with the exception of Application No. PLA131759, which consists of one pipe for bitumen that is 10 m wide and 282.7 m long. 

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Applications No. 001-328929, 001-336043,
001-350276, and 001-350277

  • Grand Rapids has applied under Part 2 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA)for approval of the conservation and reclamation plan for the project at the same locations as listed above in the Pipeline Act applications. Application No. 001-328929 is for the conservation and reclamation plan, which includes construction and post-construction reclamation of the portion of the project that is located in the White Area.
  • Application No. 001-336043 is for industrial approval of the Heartland Terminal. Grand Rapids has applied to the AER under EPEA’s Activities Designation Regulation, Schedule 1, Division 2, Part 8(h)(vi), for an approval to construct, operate, and reclaim a bulk petroleum storage facility. The proposed facility would be located at LSD 8-28-055-21W4M, approximately 13 km northeast of Fort Saskatchewan and approximately 7 km southwest of Bruderheim. The proposed facility would include one aboveground storage tank for storing blended crude bitumen with a maximum storage capacity of 56 000 cubic metres (m3) (350 000 barrels [bbl]), and one aboveground storage tank for storing diluent with a maximum storage capacity of 24 000 m3
    (150 000 bbl).
  • Application No. 001-350276 is for industrial approval of the Saleski Terminal. Grand Rapids has applied to the AER under EPEA’s Activities Designation Regulation, Schedule 1, Division 2, Part 8(h)(vi), for an approval to construct, operate, and reclaim a bulk petroleum storage facility. The proposed facility would be located on Crown lands within the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17. The proposed facility would be located at LSD 15-25-085-19W4M., approximately 90 km southwest of Fort McMurray. The proposed facility would include one aboveground storage tank for storing blended crude bitumen with a maximum storage capacity of 56 000 m3 (350 000 bbl), and one aboveground storage tank for storing diluent with a maximum storage capacity of 24 000 m3 (150 000 bbl).
  • Application No. 001-350277 is for industrial approval of the McKay Terminal. Grand Rapids has applied to the AER under EPEA’s Activities Designation Regulation, Schedule 1, Division 2, Part 8(h)(vi), for an approval to construct, operate, and reclaim a bulk petroleum storage facility. The proposed facility would be located on Crown lands within the Municipal District of Wood Buffalo at LSD 6-34-089-14W4M, approximately 40 km west of Fort McMurray. The proposed facility would include one aboveground storage tank for storing blended crude bitumen with a maximum storage capacity of 56 000 m3 (350 000 bbl), and one aboveground storage for storing diluent with a maximum storage capacity of 24 000 m3
    (150 000 bbl).