Keyera gathers and processes raw natural gas, providing an essential service for our customers.
Natural gas from producers' wells is transported to our gathering pipelines for delivery to our processing plants, where impurities are removed and economically viable products are separated from the raw gas stream. With an extensive network of over 4,000 kilometres of pipelines and 17 natural gas processing plants located in some of the most prospective, gas prone areas of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, we can offer flexible services tailored to producer needs. Many of our plants are able to process both sweet and sour gas and extract valuable natural gas liquids from the raw gas stream.
is the operator of all the gas plants listed except Edson, which is operated by
Repsol Canada Energy Partnership and Alder Flats (formally known as “O’Chiese
Nees-Ohpawganu’ck”), which is operated by Bellatrix. Keyera also has a 36% ownership interest in
the Gregg Lake-Obed Pipeline system, a 129-km sour gas pipeline system operated
by SemCAMS that originates in the Hinton area and connects to the SemCAMS
Kaybob 3 gas plant. Keyera is also the
sole owner of the Caribou gas plant which was not active in 2017 (operation
suspended since December 2015). The Paddle River gas plant was sold in May 2017.
interest as at December 31, 2017 rounded to the nearest whole number.
cycles are typically six years for sweet gas plants and four years for sour gas
in these columns: (a) is presented as at December 31, 2017; (b) represents
total gross capacity and throughput (not only Keyera’s net capacity); and (c)
has been rounded to the nearest whole number. The average annual daily
throughput is calculated based on the total annual throughput for the facility
divided by 365 days.
available processing capacity at each plant is often less than the licensed
capacity depending on a number of factors, including the capacity of various
functional units, operating conditions and gas composition. The difference between licensed capacity and
actual operating capacity may be more significant where plant operating conditions
or actual gas compositions differ significantly from original plant or
equipment design. At Ricinus, while the
licensed capacity is 221 MMcf/d, one of the NGL processing trains, with a
capacity of approximately 97 MMcf/d, is not currently operational. With the expansion of Simonette in 2015, the
licensed capacity was increased to 300 MMcf/d; however, the estimated actual
capacity with the installation of the new facilities is approximately 250
MMcf/d, (prior to the expansion, the licensed capacity was 150 MMcf/d). (See
“Risk Factors – Operational Risks" in Keyera's Annual Information Form).
turbo expansion, LO – lean oil recovery, RFG – refrigeration. In the past, modifications to the
refrigeration systems have been completed at the Brazeau River, Nordegg River
and Pembina North gas plants to enhance recoveries.
(7) R –
NGL rail handling facilities, T – NGL truck handling facilities. The rail handling facilities at the Gilby gas
plant are not currently operating.
gas from Nordegg River is delivered to the Brazeau River gas plant for acid gas
West Pembina gas plant has been re-licensed as a 1 tonne/day sour gas plant,
however because of declining sour gas volumes, the sour side of the plant was
shut down in January 2016 and the plant is currently only processing sweet
volumes. During 2017, Keyera
increased its working interest in the West Pembina plant by 4.9085%.
reference to 70% reflects Keyera’s working interest in the Alder Flats plant
and associated gathering pipelines as a result of the acquisition of an
incremental interest in these functional units in 2016. Keyera did not increase its working interest
ownership in the associated fuel gas line in connection with the 2016
acquisition, therefore its overall working ownership interest across all
functional units covered under the CO&O is approximately 64%.