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Gathering and Processing

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 18 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.



Gas Plant (1) 

Ownership

Interest(2)

(%)


Plant

   LICENSE

Licensed

Capacity (4)(5)

(MMcf/d) 

2019 Average Daily

Throughput (4)(5) 

(MMcf/d)

 Wapiti  

 100

Sour 

150 

    31

 Strachan (12)

 100

 Sour

 275

    171

 Brazeau River(8)

 94

 Sour

 218

    140

 Nordegg River(8)(16)

 89

 Sour

 75

       58

 Bigoray (15)

 100

 Sour

 81

          23

 West Pembina(9)

    83

 Sour

 145

    70

 Brazeau North (16)

 100

 Sweet

 50

    18

 Pembina North

 100

 Sour

 43

       20

 Edson

 22

 Sour

 375

    164

 Simonette 

 100

 Sour

    450

    232

 Rimbey

 99

 Sour

 422

    216

 Gilby (10)

 80

 Sour

 71

 21

 Minnehik Buck Lake (14)

 80

 Sour

 160

       29

 Cynthia

 94

 Sour

78 

          50

 Ricinus (16)

 71

 Sweet

 221

       49

Alder Flats

    70

 Sweet

    226

    162

Zeta Creek

 60

 Sweet

 54

       18

Willesden Green (13)

 100

 Sweet

 12

    2

 Total

   

       3,106

 1,474

Notes:


1. Keyerais the operator of all the gas plants listed except Edson, which is operated byRepsol Canada Energy Partnership and Alder Flats (formally known as “O’ChieseNees-Ohpawganu’ck”), which is operated by Spartan Delta Corp.  Keyera also has a 36% ownership interest inthe Gregg Lake-Obed Pipeline system, a 129-km sour gas pipeline system operatedby SemCAMS that originates in the Hinton area and connects to the SemCAMSKaybob 3 gas plant.  Keyera is also thesole owner of the Caribou gas plant which was not active in 2018 (operationsuspended since December 2015).


2. Ownershipinterest as at December 31, 2019 rounded to the nearest whole number.


3. Turnaroundcycles are typical ly six years for sweet gas plants and four years for sour gasplants.


4. Informationin these columns: (a) is presented as at December 31, 2019; (b) representstotal gross capacity and throughput (not only Keyera’s net capacity); and (c)has been rounded to the nearest whole number. The average annual dailythroughput is calculated based on the total annual throughput for the facilitydivided by 365 days.


5. Actualavailable processing capacity at each plant is often less than the licensedcapacity depending on a number of factors, including the capacity of variousfunctional units, operating conditions and gas composition.  The difference between licensed capacity andactual operating capacity may be more significant where plant operatingconditions or actual gas compositions differ significantly from original plantor equipment design.  At Ricinus, whilethe licensed capacity is 221 MMcf/d, one of the NGL processing trains, with acapacity of approximately 97 MMcf/d, is not currently operational. (See “RiskFactors – Operational Risks”).


6. TE– turbo expansion, LO – lean oil recovery, RFG – refrigeration.  In the past, modifications to therefrigeration systems have been completed at the Brazeau River, Nordegg Riverand 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 gasplant are not currently operating.


8. Acidgas from Nordegg River is delivered to the Brazeau River gas plant for acid gasinjection.


9. TheWest 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 wasshut down in January 2016 and the plant is currently only processing sweetvolumes. During 2017, Keyeraincreased its working interest in the West Pembina plant by 4.9085%.  West Pembina is expected to be suspended in the third quarter of 2020. 


10. The Gilby and Nevis gas plants ceased operations in September and October 2019, respectively. (See "Gathering and Processing Business Segment - Cost Efficiency, Optimization of Operating Practices and Reliability - Asset Optimization").

 

11. Thereference to 70% reflects Keyera’s working interest in the Alder Flats plantand associated gathering pipelines as a result of the acquisition of anincremental interest in these functional units in 2016.  Keyera did not increase its working interestownership in the associated fuel gas line in connection with the 2016acquisition, therefore its overall working ownership interest across allfunctional units covered under the CO&O is approximately 64%.


12. As of June 2018, the Strachan gas plantwas re-licensed as a 1 tonne/day sour gas plant. The gas sweetening, sulphurrecovery and sulphur forming units were intentionally shut down during a turnaroundand the plant is only processing sweet gas.

 

13. During the first half of 2019 the Willesden Green gas plant was converted to a compressor station and gas was redirected to the Gilby gas plant. (See "Gathering and Processing Business Segment - Expanding Keyera's Reach Through Growth Projects and Acquisitions - Gilby Area"). 

 

14. The Minnehik Buck Lake gas plant ceased operations in May 2020. (See "Gathering and Processing Business Segment - Cost Efficiency, Optimization of Operating Practices and Reliability - Asset Optimization"). 

 

15. The Bigoray gas plant is expected to be suspended in the fall of 2020. 

 

16. The Ricinus, Nordegg River and Brazeau North gas plants are expected to be suspended mid-2021.