Pioneer Gas Pipeline

From Global Energy Monitor
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Pioneer Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in Canada.[1]


The pipeline runs from Tidewater Midstream’s Brazeau River natural gas complex located 49 km west of Drayton Valley, Alberta to TransAlta’s Sundance and Keephills generating stations near Wabamum, Alberta.

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Project Details

  • Owner: ATCO Ltd., a subsidiary of Canadian Utilities Limited[2]
  • Previous ownership: TransAlta 50%, Tidewater Midstream 50%
  • Capacity: 130 milllion cubic feet per day
  • Length: 131 km / 81.4 mi[2]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2019


The pipeline was proposed as a joint venture between TransAlta and Tidewater Midstream in December 2017. Construction began in November 2018 and the pipeline was commissioned in October 2019. Initial capacity is 130 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) but may later be expanded to 440 MMcf/d.[3]

In October 2020, it was announced that ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire the Pioneer Gas Pipeline from Tidewater Midstream and TransAlta for Can$255 million.[4] This agreement replaces a previous agreement to sell the pipeline to NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. The pipeline will be integrated into NOVA's and ATCO's Alberta integrated natural gas transmission systems.[2]

Articles and resources


  1. Premier Kenney helps turn the taps on new natural gas pipeline, Global News, Oct. 18k, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named atco
  3. New natural gas line for TransAlta switch off coal to be completed ahead of schedule, JWN Energy, May 15, 2019
  4. Canadian Utilities acquires Pioneer Pipeline for $255 million, ATCO, Oct. 1, 2020, accessed Sep. 5, 2021.

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