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Pembina announces Alliance Pipeline open season

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Pembina Pipeline Corporation announced yesterday that Alliance Pipeline Ltd, of which it owns a 50% interest, has commenced a binding open season for expansion capacity commitments.

Alliance yesterday announced a binding open season for expansion capacity commitments. The open season is for an estimated 400 million ft3/d of additional firm service, commencing at an anticipated in-service date in the fourth quarter of 2021. The two month open season began 28 March 2018 and closes 30 May 2018.

Alliance receives natural gas in British Columbia, Alberta and North Dakota and carries it to the Chicago market, delivering approximately 1.6 billion ft3/d of natural gas. Pending regulatory approval, Alliance will increase capacity by approximately 25% through the addition of compression and other facilities to its system.

The offer is available to both existing and prospective shippers, for a minimum bid term of 15 years. Two open seasons are being held concurrently, one for Canadian receipt and delivery services and one for US transportation service. Parties interested in acquiring capacity from the Canadian receipt points must participate in both open seasons to obtain delivery service to Chicago.

Subject to the results of the open season, this approximately US$2 billion project will be backstopped by long term, take-or-pay contracts that will provide customers with long term, firm receipt service with the certainty of fixed fees.

"The proposed expansion of Alliance Pipeline will increase access to premium markets and improve our service offering to current and potential customers," said Jason Wiun, Pembina's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Pipelines. "While our extensive discussions regarding the expansion have indicated strong shipper interest, a successful open season process is a crucial step towards advancing the project, and providing our customers with additional service and access to the premium Chicago market."

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