Northern Courier Pipeline Project

Construction continues on the Northern Courier Pipeline Project (Project), an approximately 90-kilometre (56-mile) pipeline system which 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. TransCanada was selected by Fort Hills Energy LP to design, build, own and operate the Project, which is fully contracted under a long-term agreement. We expect the pipeline system to be ready for service in 2017.

The Northern Courier Pipeline Project complements TransCanada’s extensive experience in Northern Alberta. TransCanada currently operates 24,200 kilometres (km) of natural gas pipelines across Alberta and 3,500 km of crude oil pipelines through the operation of the Keystone Pipeline. Northern Courier Pipeline GP Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TransCanada).

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

  • Bitumen Pipeline – consists of approximately 90 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.