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The National Energy Board has approved an application for the proposed Fort Nelson North Gas Processing Facility.

Spectra Energy put forward the application on behalf of its subsidiary, Westcoast Energy Inc.

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Westcoast was looking for approval to construct and operate a natural gas processing plant to accommodate the increased production and demand on the east side of the Horn River basin.

The facility will be located approximately 75 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson, and will cover an area measuring about 80 hectares.

It’s expected to produce around 250 million standard cubic feet per day of raw gas. That’s enough natural gas to supply more than 900,000 homes for a year.

The NEB’s approval to proceed with the project includes 22 facility conditions. Key conditions target safety, protection of the environment, and consultation with Aboriginal groups in the project area.

Westcoast must also submit an annual greenhouse gas status report for the project, as well as updates on its investigation of possible carbon-capture options, including any progress made towards the overall reduction of emissions.

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