NEB grants one year extension for North Montney Mainline sunset clause

A map of the proposed North Montney Mainline/Photo: National Energy Board

CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board announced yesterday that it is extending the North Montney Pipeline Project sunset clause date to June 10th, 2017.

The NEB previously said that construction must begin before June 10th of this year, or project approval would have expired. NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. wrote to the NEB back on March 28th asking that the sunset clause be extended for one year. The NEB recommended the project’s approval to the federal cabinet back in April, 2015, subject to 45 conditions.

The North Montney Project is a proposed 301 kilometre natural gas pipeline and related facilities that would connect NOVA Gas’ Groundbirch Mainline to the North Montney gas fields in northeastern British Columbia. The project would also tie into the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline which is intended to ship natural gas to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG plant on Lelu Island. Pacific NorthWest LNG is currently being reviewed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

In its request, NOVA Gas stated that it would not be in a position to begin construction of the pipeline a final decision had been reached on the Pacific NorthWest project.

This change to the date in the sunset clause does not come into effect unless it is approved by Governor in Council.