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Alberta firms team up to develop salt caverns for hydrocarbon storage

Hydrocarbon storage site being developed northeast of Edmonton in Alberta's Industrial Heartland



CALGARY—ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd. and Petrogas Energy Corp. have announced plans to develop a hydrocarbon storage site northeast of Edmonton in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

Slated for ATCO’s Heartland Energy Centre near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., the storage site will be made of four salt caverns, with the capacity to store approximately 400,000 cubic metres of propane, butane and ethylene.

The storage facility will be connected to Petrogas’ existing hydrocarbon truck and rail terminal in Fort Saskatchewan.

“This development will provide a unique market option and establish enhanced storage services to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland,” Petrogas president and CEO Stan Owerko said in a statement.

“The Petrogas terminal is undergoing expansion to accommodate this storage initiative and provide additional throughput and distribution capacity.”

According to the companies, cavern drilling and procurement is already underway for the facility, which will be built and operated by ATCO.

The first two caverns will begin commercial operation in the second quarter of 2016, while the final two are scheduled for completion a year later, in the second quarter of 2017.

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