We're growing to help provide secure and affordable energy near and far.
To meet the growing demand for energy, locally and abroad, we recognize the need to think long-term by investing in sound infrastructure opportunities. We pursue each project with careful consideration for safe and reliable operations, community engagement and the environment.
Spanning ~575 kilometres, KAPS consists of a 16-inch condensate pipeline and a 12-inch natural gas liquid (NGL) mix pipeline designed to safely deliver NGLs and condensate from northwestern Alberta to Keyera's NGL infrastructure and industry-leading condensate network in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. This includes cavern storage and connections to all major delivery pipelines servicing Alberta's oil sands resources and global markets.
With construction of the pipeline complete, commissioning and line-fill activities are underway.
The approved KAPS route was determined by considering Indigenous, landowner and stakeholder input, the environment, archaeological and cultural values, land use compatibility, safety, constructability and economics.
Protecting Indigenous values and the environment during construction
At Keyera, environmental protection, mitigation, and restoration is an integral part of our business. That is why during KAPS construction, the project team had an active group of Indigenous environmental monitors working on the ground along the pipeline route.
The Indigenous environmental monitor program was developed through extensive Indigenous engagement that began in 2018, and it provided a vital link between project construction and Indigenous communities, ensuring that Indigenous values and the environment were protected throughout construction.
The program consisted of 17 Indigenous members from 10 Indigenous communities who were selected to conduct wildlife sweeps and water quality monitoring during the construction of the KAPS project.
“Having Indigenous participants as members of the KAPS water quality monitoring and wildlife sweep teams permitted the incorporation of traditional knowledge during construction in addition to the pre-assessment phase of the project, providing consistency,” said Laureen Lamb, KAPS Environment Lead. “The Indigenous participants provided invaluable resourcing support to very large programs, permitting the teams to be more responsive to ongoing changes to the construction schedule.”
“Indigenous personnel from local communities assisted crew leads in completing pre-construction wildlife sweeps for the KAPS pipeline project," said Scott Koinberg, Senior Environmental Inspector/Safety Officer, Applied Aquatic Research Environmental Services. "There were individuals who supported the project on multiple occasions over the course of the field season and they were both an asset to the crew leads and contributed to make the project a success.”
Building a Legacy
Keyera was committed to building more than a pipeline – from day one, the KAPS project set out to build a legacy of safety and respect for people and the environment. Through this project was a commitment to building Indigenous employment capacity.
Meet Gus Morin, an advisor from Enoch Cree Nation
Gus Morin was one of the 17 monitors along the KAPS pipeline corridor. He was part of a two-member team that conducted wildlife sweeps and water quality monitoring.
“The KAPS monitoring was valuable experience that contributed and led directly to my current employment as a junior Surface Water Technician at the Kearl Oil Sands mine," said Gus. "Without KAPS reaching out to our Nation to offer these opportunities, my current employment would not have happened.”
Once KAPS is in-service, it will allow us to build on our shared goal of providing affordable energy locally and abroad.
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