Northern Courier Pipeline Project

TransCanada was selected by Fort Hills Energy LP to design, build, own and operate the Northern Courier Pipeline Project, which is fully contracted under a long-term agreement. The approximately 90-kilometre (56-mile) pipeline system will transport bitumen and diluent products between the Fort Hills Mine and Bitumen Extraction Facility (Fort Hills) to Suncor’s East Tank Farm (ETF), located north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The Northern Courier Pipeline project complements TransCanada’s extensive experience in Northern Alberta. TransCanada currently operates 24,200 kilometres of natural gas pipelines across Alberta and 3,500 kilometres of crude oil pipelines through the operation of the Keystone Pipeline. Keystone has safely transported more than 600 million barrels of crude oil from Alberta to markets in the United States. Northern Courier Pipeline GP Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada.

The Project, located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, includes:

  • Bitumen Pipeline – consists of approximately 90 kilometres (km) of 24 inch (610 mm) diameter insulated steel pipeline that will initiate at 11-06-97-10W4M (approximately 90 km north of Fort McMurray) and terminate at 03-12-92-10W4M (approximately 27 km north of Fort McMurray) for the purpose of transporting heated bitumen or diluted bitumen from the Fort Hills to the ETF.
  • Diluent Pipeline – consists of approximately 90 km of 12 inch (323.9 mm) diameter steel pipeline that will be constructed in parallel to the Bitumen Pipeline for the purpose of transporting diluent (including condensate, diesel and synthetic crude oil) from ETF to Fort Hills.
  • Associated Pipeline Installations – consists of a pipeline tank farm and bitumen pump station at the northern end of the pipeline and a diluent pump station at the southern end of the pipeline; pipeline tank farm includes two 300,000 barrel bitumen tanks, one 150,000 barrel diluent tank and one 50,000 barrel diesel tank.

In determining the route for this Project, we have considered a number of factors including but not limited to: safety, constructability, environmental sensitivities, land use compatibility and economics, as well as stakeholder and Aboriginal community input.