Calgary-based Keyera Corp. is planning a $210 million enhancement project to recover ethane and other natural gas liquids from the raw gas stream at the Rimbey gas plant in the Hoadley region of central Alberta. The project would include installing a 400 MMcf/d turbo expander unit and constructing a 34 kilometer, six-inch diameter ethane pipeline to connect to the Alberta Ethane Gathering System. The enhancements would allow Keyera to recover more than 90% of the ethane at the plant. Upon completion of the project, Keyera expects to extract up to 20,000 b/d of ethane through the turbo expander unit, which would be sold to a large consumer in Alberta under a long term sales agreement. The company has also secured a long-term, fee-for-service processing agreement and is in discussions with other producers interested in contracting processing capacity at the plant. Subject to regulatory approvals, construction of the expansion is anticipated to begin in 4Q2012, with start-up expected in late 2014.

Trillium CNG recently opened a public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at fleet operator Golden Eagle‘s Tucson, AZ, headquarters. The operator of 23 heavy duty CNG-fueled beer trucks, Golden Eagle opened the fueling facility within weeks of the opening of a similar facility in Casa Grande, AZ. The trucks are leased by Golden Eagle from Ryder Systems Inc., which is making a national push to lease NGVs to fleet operators (see Daily GPI, May 21). Earlier this year, Trillium formed a joint venture with AMP Americas to build a national network of NGV fueling stations. The partnership, AMP Trillium, initially planned to concentrate on upper Midwest and Texas highway corridors (see Daily GPI, July 26).

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