OTTAWA—The Government of Canada has accepted the National Energy Board’s (NEB) recommendation to approve TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.’s North Montney Mainline Pipeline project, subject to 45 conditions.
The North Montney Mainline Pipeline proposal was submitted by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) to the NEB for review in 2013. The $1.7-billion project will transport natural gas from northeastern British Columbia to the existing NGTL system, where it can be sold to markets in Alberta and, through a separate pipeline, to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal.
In April 2015, the NEB found that with the 45 terms and conditions imposed, the project is in the public interest.
The proposed 42-inch North Montney pipeline would have initial gas transportation capacity of 2.1 billion cubic feet per day. NGTL must next demonstrate to the NEB how it will meet the necessary conditions before construction can begin. This includes requirements to engage further with Aboriginal groups and local communities on efforts to mitigate project impacts.
Located in the Peace River Regional District, the project will be approximately 301 kilometres (km) of pipeline and include associated metering facilities, valve sites, and compression facilities. The Aitken Creek section will be approximately 182 km of 42-inch diameter pipeline. The south end will connect with the northern end of the existing Groundbirch Mainline (Saturn Section), located about 35 km southwest of Fort St. John. The north end will be about 100 km northwest of Fort St. John. The Kahta section will be approximately 119 km of 42-inch diameter pipeline connecting to the north end of the Aitken Creek section and ending at a point about 180 km northwest of Fort St. John.
“After carefully reviewing the NEB’s report, the Government of Canada approves this proposal, subject to 45 conditions set out by the independent review panel. The approval of this project contributes to Canadian energy security and jobs while supporting the competitiveness of our natural resources globally,” said Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford.