An update on the Winnipeg Products Pipeline

Preventative maintenance underway, alternative networks for fuel supplies in progress
Winnipeg pipeline map

 

Imperial is putting temporary transportation measures in place to maintain regular fuel supplies to the Winnipeg region following preventative maintenance on a pipeline in the area.

Imperial’s Winnipeg Products Pipeline transports gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to supply customers in the greater Winnipeg region. Imperial and third-party customers ship on the line.

Following inspections conducted in 2024, Imperial made the proactive decision to carry out preventative maintenance to ensure the continued integrity of the line. The work includes replacing a section of the pipeline that runs under the Red River, south of Winnipeg. As a result, the line will be out of service for approximately three months beginning in mid-March.

Update on preventative pipeline maintenance

April 11 – Following extensive engineering and geologic work conducted at the pipeline replacement site, Imperial teams have determined that drilling will take longer than originally anticipated due to identified characteristics in the subsoil and bedrock. The additional drilling time is not expected to negatively impact the forecasted outage timeline of three months.

The company is putting in place various mitigations, including mufflers and industrial noise baffling curtains, to reduce the noise of drilling activity and any disturbance to adjacent neighbours. We appreciate the patience of the community while we complete this important preventative maintenance and work to re-start the operation of this critical piece of fuel infrastructure. 

Rail offloading capability for gasoline now in place at Imperial’s Winnipeg terminal

April 4 – Rail offloading capability for gasoline at Imperial’s Winnipeg terminal is now in place, an important step in the company’s efforts to ensure a continued supply of fuels to Winnipeg and the surrounding area. This capability will allow the company to redirect fuel trucks back to the Winnipeg Terminal for loading, while continuing to leverage the Gretna terminal’s expanded capacity.

The company is also continuing key preparatory work to support the preventative maintenance on Imperial’s Winnipeg Products Pipeline. Drilling equipment has been mobilized to site and the replacement pipe is expected to arrive at site next week.

Imperial will continue to take the necessary steps to provide the fuel products Canadians need, while ensuring the environment and people stay protected.

Off-loading capacity increased at Imperial fuel terminals

March 28 – Over the past few weeks, Imperial teams have been working diligently to establish new transportation and distribution mechanisms to ensure the continued supply of fuel products to Winnipeg and the surrounding area. This includes the installation of two additional loading arms as well as an additional storage tank at the company’s Gretna terminal, increasing the site’s capacity for motor gasoline. Offloading capability from rail cars will soon be in place at Imperial’s Winnipeg terminal, which will increase capacity for retailers to once again pick up fuel in a more central location.

The company continues to progress engineering and geotechnical work for the preventative replacement of a segment of pipeline. Drilling equipment is expected to arrive at site next week, and the project remains on track to be completed within the originally stated three-month timeline.

Representatives from the Government of Manitoba have been to the site of the pipeline maintenance, and the work will be monitored by the Province to support our shared goal of ensuring the continued protection of people and the environment.

Alternate supply networks, pipeline replacement design work in progress

March 22 – Imperial continues to progress measures to ensure an ample and stable supply of fuel to Winnipeg and the surrounding area. The company has confirmed rail logistics for continued diesel supply while jet supply continues to be managed by truck. Work to install additional offloading equipment at the Gretna terminal is nearing completion, which will increase the site’s daily capacity to fill fuel trucks that deliver gasoline.

These alternative transportation and distribution measures are being put in place to reduce any potential supply disruptions. Imperial will continue to take extensive actions, and leverage its supply network, to minimize impacts to the customer and consumers who rely on our supply of fuels.

The company is also progressing work on replacement of the pipeline section, with efforts underway to expedite work where possible. This preventative maintenance is being undertaken proactively to ensure the integrity of the pipeline and continued protection of the community and environment.

Preparatory work is underway, including engineering and geotechnical work. Key equipment is expected to start arriving at site this week. We are providing regular updates to neighbours and community in the area and working to minimize disruptions.

The company will be utilizing a technique called horizontal directional drilling, a commonly used approach which minimizes impacts to sensitive or congested areas like water bodies, highways and residential areas. Imperial has extensive experience using this technology across the country – including the successful and safe replacement of sections of a product pipeline in Ontario that was completed in 2022.

Imperial is keeping customers informed, providing regular updates to those impacted in surrounding communities and is in close contact with the provincial government.

Unplanned maintenance underway, alternative networks for fuel supplies in progress

March 17 - Imperial is putting temporary transportation measures in place to maintain regular fuel supplies to the Winnipeg region following unplanned maintenance on a pipeline in the area.

Imperial’s Winnipeg Products Pipeline transports gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to supply customers in the greater Winnipeg region. Imperial and third-party customers ship on the line.

Following inspections conducted in 2024, Imperial made the proactive decision to carry out preventative maintenance to ensure the continued integrity of the line. The work includes replacing a section of the pipeline that runs under the Red River, south of Winnipeg. As a result, the line will be out of service for approximately three months beginning in mid-March.

Imperial is leveraging its extensive supply network and working around the clock to minimize customer and consumer impacts. This includes arranging alternate forms of transport through truck and rail to continue to move fuel to the region and identifying other terminal locations for customers to pick up product, including at the Gretna terminal which remains connected to pipeline supply. The company has deployed additional resources to source materials and equipment and is working through permitting requirements and approvals to enable this network. Further, every effort is being made to expedite the pipeline maintenance work where possible.

Imperial is keeping customers informed, providing regular updates to impacted stakeholders in surrounding communities and is in close contact with the provincial government. We are working to ensure an ample and stable supply of fuel supplied by Imperial into the region. Imperial’s plans include: 

  • Gasoline – Supply to be managed by adding additional storage and loading capacity at the Gretna terminal, sourcing alternate supply by rail and truck to our Winnipeg terminal, and arranging for customers to use other supply points outside of the region where possible.
  • Diesel – Supply to be managed by rail and increasing the rail offload capacity at our Winnipeg terminal
  • Jet – Supply to be managed by truck 

We sincerely regret the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers and the community. Our priorities are the integrity of this pipeline and ensuring the continued protection of people and the environment, while minimizing disruption to our customers and the local economy.

Imperial is keeping customers informed, providing regular updates to those impacted in surrounding communities and is in close contact with the provincial government.

For additional information: 

Media line – 587-476-7010