Pipeline Profiles: Westspur

Pipeline system and key points

Section updated June 2020

Kingston Midstream Westspur Limited (formerly TEML Westspur Pipelines Limited) owns the Westspur Pipeline. The pipeline transports crude oil and condensate from the Saskatchewan Gathering System and truck deliveries to the Enbridge Mainline. The Saskatchewan Gathering System is regulated by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Economy.

The main receipt points of the Westspur Pipeline are located in Alida, Steelman, Bryant, and Midale, Saskatchewan. The main delivery point is to the Enbridge Mainline near Cromer, Manitoba. The Enbridge Mainline is regulated by the CER.

Prior to December 2016, the Westspur Pipeline was owned by Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc., a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc.

The pipeline commenced operations in 1957. At the end of 2017, CER-regulated assets included 511 km of pipeline and various auxiliary infrastructure. Capacity of the Westspur Pipeline is 39 332 cubic metres per day (247 400 barrels per day).

Official CER documents related to the construction, operation and maintenance of the Westspur Pipeline are available: Kingston Midestream Westspur Limited regulatory documents (facilities) [Folder 3781457].

You can see the Westpur Pipeline and all CER-regulated pipelines on the CER’s Interactive Pipeline Map. The map shows more detailed location information, the products carried by each pipeline, the operating status and more. You can also view a map on Kingston Midstream’s website.

Pipeline map

Westspur pipeline system map

Source: CER

Text version of this map

This map provides an overview of the Westspur Pipeline.

Throughput and capacity

Section updated quarterly

Note: The physical capacity of a pipeline is based on many factors such as the products being carried, direction of flow, pipeline pumping capacity, and maintenance work or other pressure restrictions. The actual physical capacity of the pipeline may, at times, be higher than the assumed operational capacity stated here.

The data for this graph come from monthly Financial Responsibility filings by Kingston Midstream [Folder 3815508].

Open data can be freely used and shared by anyone for any purpose. The data for these graphs are available.

Tolls

Section updated June 2020

A toll is the price charged by a pipeline company for transportation and other services. Tolls allow pipeline companies to safely operate and maintain pipelines. Tolls also provide funds for companies to recover capital (the money used to build the pipeline), pay debts, and provide a return to investors.

The interactive graph below shows the Westspur Pipeline tolls for transportation from points in Saskatchewan to Cromer, Manitoba.

Open data can be freely used and shared by anyone for any purpose. The data for these graphs are available.

Official CER documents related to the traffic, tolls and tariffs for the Westspur Pipeline are available here: Kingston Midstream Westspur Limited (tolls and tariffs) [Folder 3815522]. Earlier filings are located here:

Kingston Midstream Westspur Limited is subject to Group 2 financial regulation and tolls on the Westspur Pipeline are regulated by the CER on a complaint basis.

Abandonment funding

Section updated June 2020

The CER requires all pipelines to set aside funds to safely cease operation of a pipeline at the end of its useful life. In 2013, the owner of the Westspur Pipeline estimated it would cost $32.3 million to do this for the Westspur Pipeline. In 2018, the CER updated this estimate to $51.9 million. These funds are being collected over 25 years and set aside in a trust.

Table 1: Westspur’s abandonment trust fund balance
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Trust fund balance ($) 4 200 000 5 443 000 6 731 000 8 166 000 9 751 000

Official CER documents related to abandonment funding can be found here, sorted by year and by company: abandonment funding documents [Folder 3300366].

Pipeline financial information

Section updated June 2020

Financial resource requirements

Section updated June 2020

The Canadian Energy Regulator Act requires oil pipeline companies to set aside funds to pay for the costs of any incident that occurs, such as a spill. See sections 136 to 142 of the Act for more information. Tundra Energy Marketing Limited has demonstrated that it has financial resources in excess of $300 million dollars. Official CER documents related to Plains Midstream Canada’s financial resources can be found here: Kingston Midstream Westspur financial resource requirements documents [Folder 3815508].

TEML Westspur’s financial information

Section updated June 2020

Pipeline companies report important financial information to the CER quarterly or annually. A solid financial position enables companies to maintain their pipeline systems, attract capital to build new infrastructure, and meet the market’s evolving needs.

The data in this table come from Kingston Midstream Westspur’s audited financial statements [Folder 3815522]. Earlier statements are also available here:

Table 2: TEML Westspur’s financial information
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Revenues (million $) 59.5 64.9 54.2 63.5 67.3 65.2 67.7 71.4 69.1
Expenses (million $) 38.4 41.8 43.7 54.0 54.8 46.2 37.7 36.2 41.5
Net income (million $) 21.0 15.8 17.8 18.0 19.4 69.5 21.3 25.3 27.6
Property and equipment (million $) 78.0 94.5 103.0
Corporate financial information

Section updated June 2020

Kingston Midstream is the parent company of Kingston Midstream Westspur Limited. Both companies are subsidiaries of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, a privately-owned corporation.

Financial regulatory audits

Section updated June 2020

The CER audits pipeline companies to confirm compliance with the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, regulations, CER orders, and CER decisions. Financial regulatory audits focus on whether the company has complied with all CER regulations, toll orders and other accounting, reporting and toll and tariff matters. Westspur’s last audit was completed on 18 February 2016.

Official CER documents related to Westspur’s financial regulatory audits are available: Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc. regulatory documents (financial regulatory audits) [Folder 2810281].

Condition compliance

Section updated June 2020

Every pipeline company in Canada must meet federal, provincial or territorial, and local requirements. This includes Acts, Regulations, rules, bylaws, and zoning restrictions. Pipelines are also bound by technical, safety, and environmental standards along with company rules, protocols and management systems. In addition to these requirements, the CER may add conditions to regulatory instruments that each company must meet. Condition compliance is monitored by the CER and enforcement action is taken when required. For a detailed list of conditions that Westspur must meet, and their status, please see the condition compliance table and search for “TEML Westspur Pipelines Limited”.

Safety performance

Section updated June 2020

The CER holds the companies it regulates accountable to protect the safety of Canadians and the environment. As part of this accountability, companies must report to the CER events such as incidents and unauthorized third-party activities that happen without the pipeline company’s written consent. For a summary of pipeline incidents and unauthorized activities on the Westpur Pipeline since 2008, visit the Safety performance dashboard and select “Tundra Energy Marketing Limited”.

Emergency management

Section updated June 2020

The CER checks to make sure companies are keeping pipelines safe by doing inspections, in-depth safety audits, and other activities. Yet, even with these precautions, an emergency could still happen. Sound emergency management practices improve public safety and environmental protection outcomes, and provide for more effective emergency response.

The CER holds its regulated companies responsible for anticipating, preventing, mitigating, and managing incidents of any size or duration. Each company must have an emergency management program that includes detailed emergency procedures manuals to guide its response in an emergency situation. We oversee the emergency management program of a regulated company’s projects as long as they operate.

The CER requires companies to publish information on their emergency management program and their emergency procedures manuals on their websites so Canadians can access emergency management information. To view Westspur’s Emergency Response Plan, request a copy from Tundra Energy Marketing’s Emergency Response Plan website.

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