The proposed Vantage Pipeline is a high vapor pressure pipeline that would carry ethane from a source near Tioga, North Dakota, United States, northwest through Saskatchewan, Canada, to a site near Empress, Alberta, Canada. The pipeline would link a growing supply of ethane from North Dakota to markets in Alberta, Canada. More specifically, the Vantage Pipeline would have the capacity to deliver an initial rate of 40,000 barrels per day (bpd), expandable to 60,000 bpd, of liquid ethane from existing natural gas facilities in North Dakota to the Alberta Ethane Gathering System in Alberta, Canada. The entire proposed Vantage Pipeline in the United States would be approximately 79.8 miles long.
In the United States, Vantage Pipeline US LP has applied for a Presidential Permit for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a pipeline facility at the United States border to export liquid ethane to Canada. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) receives and considers applications for Presidential Permits for such pipeline border crossings and associated facilities pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13337, as amended (Federal Register, Volume 69, No. 87, page 25299). For liquid hydrocarbon pipelines, such as the proposed ethane pipeline, the President, through EO 13337, directs the Secretary of State to decide whether a project is in the national interest before a Presidential Permit is granted.
To view a September 2013 update regarding implementation of the Programmatic Agreement and progress of the project, click here.
To view a July 2013 update regarding implementation of the Programmatic Agreement and progress of the project, click here.
Attachment D to the Programmatic Agreement, the list of contacts for unanticipated discoveries of cultural resouces during project construction, has been updated to reflect personnel changes and additions. Click here to download the udpated Attachment D.
On May 13, upon finalizing the Final Environmental Assessment (EA), the DOS issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
A copy of the EA can be found under the "U.S. Department of State Documents" page.
On April 15, 2013, the DOS concluded a Programmatic Agreement after negotiations with Native American tribes, Vantage Pipeline US LP, the North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.
On May 3, 2012, the DOS released the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Vantage Pipeline Project. The public comment period closed on June 2, 2012.
On December 13, 2011, the DOS issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EA and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and to Initiate Consultation Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for the Proposed Vantage Pipeline Project (NOI) in the Federal Register. The NOI announced the public scoping period, which assisted the DOS in gathering input from the public and interested agencies on the project to determine what issues need to be evaluated in the EA, and which closed on January 17, 2012. For more information, please see the NOI listed on the "U.S. Department of State Documents" page.
On January 11, 2011, the DOS issued in the Federal Register a Notice of Receipt of Application for a Presidential Permit to Construct, Operate and Maintain Pipeline Facilities on the Border of the United States for the Vantage Pipeline Project (76 Fed. Reg. 1659). A copy of the notice can be found under the "U.S. Department of State Documents" page.
On November 15, 2010, Vantage Pipeline US LP submitted to the DOS an application for a pipeline to transport ethane across the U.S.-Canada border between North Dakota and Saskatchewan, Canada.