In our Gathering and Processing business, Keyera currently owns more than 5,000 kilometers of gathering pipelines. These gathering pipelines provide our gas processing facilities with large capture areas and contribute to our ability to serve our producer customers. Keyera continues to strategically pursue opportunities to expand its gathering systems around key facilities. Here are just some recent examples of how we have expanded capture areas around our facilities with pipeline infrastructure.
In 2014, we developed a new pipeline gathering system in the Wapiti area where producers are drilling the liquids-rich Montney zone. The two pipelines, a 12-inch sour-gas gathering line and a 6-inch condensate line, are connected to the Simonette gas plant. In our west central region, we built several pipelines in 2014 to further connect our gas plant infrastructure, including an expansion of our existing Carlos pipeline and the newly-constructed Wilson Creek gathering system, which delivers raw gas and condensate to the Rimbey gas plant. In 2015, we completed the Twin Rivers pipeline system that delivers gas to our Brazeau River and West Pembina gas plants. In early 2016, the extension of the Wilson Creek gathering system was placed into service.
We also own a number of NGL pipelines which are critical components of Keyera's integrated Liquids Business Unit. These NGL pipelines provide connectivity between various Keyera facilities, as well as connections to third party infrastructure. Many of our key NGL pipelines, including the Fort Saskatchewan Pipeline System, the Fort Saskatchewan Condensate System and the Rimbey Pipeline, serve the Edmonton/ Fort Saskatchewan area, allowing us to be a key service provider in this important energy hub. To enhance our condensate network, in 2014 we also committed to a 30% participation in Enbridge's Norlite Pipeline as a non-operating partner. The Norlite pipeline will transport diluent from the Edmonton/Fort Saskatchewan area to the Athabasca oil sands region.
In 2015, we agreed to acquire a 50% interest in the southern portion of the Grand Rapids diluent Pipeline when it is completed in 2017. The pipeline will be constructed by an affiliate of TransCanada Pipelines Limited and Brion Energy Corporation. The pipeline will extend from Keyera’s Edmonton Terminal to TransCanada’s Heartland Terminal near Fort Saskatchewan.
Photo: Construction of the Wapiti pipeline (2014)