Spectra Energy Corp. has submitted an Environmental Assessment Certificate Application for its Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission project to the BC Environmental Assessment Office.
“This marks a key milestone for our project and a step toward growing new markets for B.C.’s abundant natural gas supplies,” said Doug Bloom, president of Spectra Energy’s Canadian LNG business. “The application reflects nearly three years of Aboriginal and local community engagement, and detailed scientific, technical and heritage research and fieldwork.”
The project is a new natural gas system that will begin in the Cypress area of northeast B.C. and end at BG Group’s proposed Prince Rupert LNG export facility on Ridley Island. It is envisioned as a natural gas transportation corridor that can allow two pipelines with total design capacity of 8.4 Bcf/d in a single right-of-way, creating an opportunity for multiple LNG projects to the Prince Rupert area. Service of the initial 850-km, 4.2 Bcf/d gas pipeline, with project partner BG Group, is expected to start toward the end of the decade.