The segment comprises the development of a new, 24in-diameter pipeline, which spans approximately 270km in length, starting from a tie-in point situated at Pembina’s existing pump station at Fox Creek and terminates at the company’s facility at Namao Junction.

Expected to have an initial capacity of 320,000bpd, the segment has a total capacity of more than 500,000bpd with the addition of midpoint pump stations.

Pembina Pipeline vice-president of conventional pipelines Jason Wiun said: "The proposed pipeline from Fox Creek into Namao will be constructed using existing rights-of-way where possible to minimise impact on the land and environment.

"At the outset of the project, we committed to filing our regulatory applications at the beginning of September, and we’ve delivered on that promise.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the AER, local communities, stakeholders and Aboriginal communities as we advance this project."

The company, as part of the project, completed consultation and applied to the AER for an additional 16in-diameter pipeline from Fox Creek to Namao.

The second pipeline is due to secure commercial support with the company decision later in 2014.

Subject to regulatory approval, the company would commence services between late-2016 and mid-2017.

Currently, Pembina operates pipelines that transport several hydrocarbon liquids, including conventional and synthetic crude oil, heavy oil and oil sands products, condensate and natural gas liquids produced in western Canada.