Federal Government approves North Montney Mainline Pipeline project

Construction of a Transcanada pipeline

The Federal Government has approved the North Montney Mainline Pipeline that will connect the existing natural gas pipelines into a system so the gas can be sold into Alberta and the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG Terminal.

Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford, announced the decision Wednesday after reviewing the report from the National Energy Board.  The NEB, recommend the project be built only if it met 45 conditions.

The application submitted by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., started in 2013 for the $1.7 billion dollar pipeline.  NOVA Gas Transmission will now have to show the NEB how it will meet the 45 conditions that include further engagement with Aboriginal groups and local communities on how to mitigate the project’s impacts.

The Project will consist of two large diameter, 42 inch pipeline sections, Aitken Creek and Kahta, totalling approximately 301 kilometres (187 miles) in length, and associated metering facilities, valve sites and compression facilities.

The Project will also include an interconnection with TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project to provide natural gas supply to the proposed Pacific NorthWest (PNW) LNG liquefaction and export facility near Prince Rupert, B.C. Subject to certain conditions, NGTL expects to have the Aitken Creek Section in service in 2016, and the Kahta Section in service in 2017.

Below is a map of the project.

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