161-Mile Pipeline To Provide Link In B.C.’s LNG Export Market

July 2014, Vol. 241, No. 7

TransCanada Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), has signed agreements with Chevron Canada Limited (CVX) and an Apache Canada Ltd. wholly owned and controlled partnership (APA) for 1.9 Bcf/d of firm natural gas transportation services to underpin the development of a major extension of TransCanada’s NGTL System.

The proposed Merrick Mainline Pipeline Project will be a significant new link in British Columbia’s emerging LNG export market. The pipeline will transport natural gas sourced through the NGTL system to the inlet of CVX/APA’s proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline that will terminate at the Kitimat LNG Terminal at Bish Cove near Kitimat, B.C. The project will be an extension from the existing Groundbirch Mainline section of the NGTL System beginning near Dawson Creek to its end point near the community of Summit Lake. The $1.9 billion project will consist of 161 miles of 48-inch pipe.

Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and CEO said, “We now have four major natural gas pipeline projects under development in the region totaling $12.6 billion in investment, and we are committed to ensuring they are all built responsibly and with minimal environmental impact.

“The initial work for the project is proceeding well, and we anticipate filing an application with the National Energy Board in the fourth quarter of 2014 for approvals to build and operate the project. Subject to the necessary approvals, we expect the Merrick Mainline to begin service in the first quarter of 2020.”

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