UPDATE 1-Keyera, Kinder Morgan to build 4.8 mln bbls of Alberta crude storage

Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:18pm EDT
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(Adds quotes from Keyera CEO)

By Nia Williams

CALGARY, Alberta, March 31 (Reuters) - Canada's Keyera Corp and midstream company Kinder Morgan Inc plan to build 4.8 million barrels of new crude oil storage in the marketing hub of Edmonton, Alberta, the two companies said on Tuesday.

Capacity at the new terminal has potential to increase to 6.6 million barrels, depending on future demand.

The terminal will be a 50-50 joint venture with Keyera's share of costs expected to be C$330 million ($260.36 million), while Kinder Morgan will potentially spend C$342 million on construction of tanks and a further C$69 million on connecting pipelines and infrastructure.

In total, the two companies will build 12 crude storage tanks on land owned by Keyera. Commissioning on the first tanks is expected to start in the second half of 2017.

"Clearly there has been a growth in demand for crude storage as volumes continue to grow in Western Canada and land is becoming pretty tight in Edmonton," said David Smith, Keyera's chief executive officer. "We had 80 acres of unused land and determined storage there would be a very attractive location."

Edmonton, one of Western Canada's major crude storage and marketing hubs, is a gathering point for oil sands production before it is shipped via pipeline or rail to markets in eastern Canada and the United States.

Output from the oil sands is forecast to grow to 6.4 million barrels per day by 2030, up from 3.5 million bpd in 2014, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.   Continued...