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Kinder Morgan, Imperial Oil to build Edmonton crude oil rail terminal; $270M investment

24 December 2013

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P.and Imperial Oil formed a 50-50 joint venture to build a crude oil rail-loading facility in Strathcona County, Alberta, called the Edmonton Rail Terminal. The Edmonton Rail Terminal is currently being designed as a crude oil loading terminal capable of loading one to three unit trains per day totaling 100,000 barrels per day at startup, with the potential to expand to approximately 210,000 barrels per day, and ultimately to 250,000 barrels per day.

The facility will be built on heavy industrial-zoned land approximately one-half kilometer southwest of Kinder Morgan’s Edmonton storage terminal, on land adjacent to Imperial’s Strathcona Refinery.

The new rail terminal will be connected via pipeline to Kinder Morgan’s tank facility and will be capable of sourcing all crude streams handled by Kinder Morgan for delivery by rail to North American markets and refineries. The rail terminal will be constructed and operated by Kinder Morgan and will connect to both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific mainlines.

This facility underlines the importance of our expanding Edmonton terminal hub and adds to our growing crude by rail terminal network. The Edmonton Rail Terminal will provide much needed near-term delivery capacity for Canadian producers and a strategic bridge to Trans Mountain’s major pipeline expansion, currently projected to be in-service in late 2017.

—Bill Henderson, vice-president for Kinder Morgan Canada Terminals

The Edmonton Rail Terminal will play an important role in improving access to markets for oil sands production, said Rich Kruger, chairman, president and chief executive of Imperial Oil.

Accessing new and existing markets is critical for our continued growth and responsible development of Canada’s oil sands. The additional transportation capacity will be used for current and future production from the Kearl Oil Sands project, including the expansion phase, which will come on stream in late 2015.

—Rich Kruger

Imperial Oil will be the base load customer and has subscribed for the start-up capacity through a long-term contract. The partners are now actively marketing possible expansion capacity to potential third-party customers. Investment by the joint venture partners for the rail terminal will total approximately $170 million. In addition, Kinder Morgan will invest approximately $100 million in pipeline connections and two new staging tanks to be constructed within the Kinder Morgan Edmonton storage facility. Construction is now underway and completion is scheduled for December 2014.

Imperial Oil is one of Canada’s largest corporations and a leading member of the country’s petroleum industry. The company is a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, Canada’s largest petroleum refiner, a key petrochemical producer and a leading marketer with coast-to-coast supply and service station networks.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. is a leading pipeline transportation and energy storage company and one of the largest publicly traded pipeline limited partnerships in America. It owns an interest in or operates approximately 54,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals.

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Are those people getting ready to ship (South) by rail instead of by pipelines, if Keystone is not approved?

It is very difficult to stop rail (oil) shipments under current International Trade Agreement.

@ HarveyD: I suspect you are right, but they could be shipping the oil west for export to China.

Yes BJ but the TransMountain Pipelines + new Pacific Coast Port facilities are technically approved and could be in operation as early as late 2016.

Increased West-East (Alberta to East Coast) Pipelines could also be in operation by mid-2017.

Asia may be receiving Alberta Oil by late 2016 or early 2017.

Canada/USA East Coast refineries and Europe may be getting access to Alberta Oil by mid-2017.

It's kind of ridiculous for Eastern Canada to import almost 1,000,000 barrels/day while it could use Alberta Oil.

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