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Ovintiv announces start-up of Pipestone gas processing facility

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Ovintiv Inc. has announced the start-up of the Pipestone Processing Facility (PPF), a natural gas processing and liquids stabilisation plant supporting the company's high-return, condensate-rich Montney development.

Ovintiv managed the PPF's design and construction and delivered its start-up more than five months ahead of its original schedule and at budgeted costs.

The start-up of the PPF provides Ovintiv with additional net processing capacity of approximately 170 million ft3/d of natural gas and 19 000 bpd of liquids, primarily condensate. The start-up of the PPF required no new drilling to satisfy new capacity arrangements. The facility allows Ovintiv to maximise its existing volumes and optimise midstream fees by routing production to gathering systems with lower line pressures, as well as the capacity to grow its Pipestone Montney resources.

The PPF, which is owned by Keyera Partnership (Keyera), a subsidiary of Keyera Corp., provides Ovintiv with processing under a "fee-for-service" midstream agreement. Ovintiv has successfully employed this development model in other recent midstream expansions. These agreements provide increased financial flexibility with a limited financial obligation of a revenue guarantee on a fraction of its initial capacity rights.

"We continue to show our team's ability to manage complex projects. In fact, this is our fourth project since 2017 delivered ahead of schedule and at or below budgeted costs," said Ovintiv CEO Doug Suttles. "This project provides a very cost effective and flexible arrangement to optimise our Montney production and the capacity to fully capture the resource potential from our very attractive Pipestone asset. We have a great working relationship with Keyera and our business interests are aligned to safely operate this important addition to the condensate-rich Montney."

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