Calgary-based Plains Midstream Canada (PMC) has beefed up from its 130-staff startup in 2001 to 1,300 employees today, through its appetite for acquisitions – digesting 34 so far.
Its biggest get was BP’s Canadian NGL business, completing PMC’s seamless midstream integration. PMC is an indirect subsidiary of Houston’s Plains All American Pipeline, and operates in eight provinces and 45 U.S. states.
PMC owns, operates, acquires and develops midstream energy assets, specializing in transportation, storage, processing and marketing services of crude oil, natural gas, and NGLs. It also separates NGLs from natural gas and fractionates them into products.
Its transport network plays a key role in Western Canada. Crude oil and diluent flow along 4,700 kms of pipeline, divided into four main systems: Rainbow and Rangeland in Alberta, and Manito and South Saskatchewan in Saskatchewan. PMC also has 24 crude oil truck terminals and over 800 leased railcars throughout North America. Total crude oil storage capacity is over 4.8 million barrels.
Its NGL infrastructure includes 28 storage facilities, 19 rail terminals and six pipeline terminals, in addition to eight fractionation facilities, four gas straddle plants and two gas processing plants.