May 2018, Vo. 245, No. 5


TransCanada Places Section of NGTL Program into Service

TransCanada placed its Northwest Mainline Loop-Boundary Lake pipeline in service, completing the final section of its 2017 Expansion Program on the NOVA Gas Transmission (NGTL) System, a natural gas pipeline system in Western Canada that includes about15,110 miles (24,320 km) of pipeline and associated facilities. 

With the completion of winter construction activities, the expansion program represents a $1.7 billion investment in Canadian natural gas infrastructure, and connects low-cost, clean-burning natural gas from northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia to the NGTL System.

The expansion added 143 miles (230 km) of new pipeline and additional compression facilities, increasing NGTL System capacity by 500 MMcf/d. In addition, it generated an estimated $800 million in labor income during the construction phase and will add an estimated $1.2 billion in gross domestic product in Canada. 

The 2017 expansion program is part of TransCanada’s commitment of more than $7 billion in near-term growth capital to the NGTL System that will allow the company to increase its delivery capacity of natural gas on the system by 2.5 Bcf/d by 2021.

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