Atco Energy Solutions, Petrogas to develop salt caverns for NGL storage

January 9, 2015 By    

Atco Energy Solutions Ltd., in partnership with Petrogas Energy Corp., plans to develop four salt caverns to store 2.5 million barrels of propane, butane and ethylene at Atco’s Heartland Energy Center facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. Atco says this will create an alternative for hydrocarbon storage to help the natural gas liquids (NGL) market in western Canada.

“This project will support the movement of increasing volumes of western Canadian LPG production to traditional North American markets, as well as key international export markets through Petrogas’ West Coast LPG export terminal at Ferndale, Wash.,” says Stan Owerko, president and CEO of Petrogas Energy Corp.

The company says the storage facility will be connected to Petrogas’ existing Fort Saskatchewan hydrocarbon truck and rail terminal. Atco adds that commercial operation for the two caverns is targeted to start the second quarter of 2016. The company plans to complete two additional caverns by the second quarter of 2017.

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