CALGARY, A.B. — TransCanada announced it has filed to amend its existing application with the National Energy Board, hoping to adjust the proposed route, scope and capital cost of the Energy East pipeline project.
They made this decision based on extensive landowner, environmental, community and customer input.
Along with efforts by TransCanada to better optimize environmentally-sound pipeline routing, it all resulted in close to 700 route changes to the project.
Changes to the project schedule and scope have contributed to a new projected capital cost of $15.7 billion, excluding the transfer of Canadian Mainline natural gas assets.
“The thousands of Canadians we have met with since 2012 understand the importance and significance of what this project means to our country’s energy security and economic prosperity,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president/CEO.
“However, Canadians also want assurances this project does not come at the expense of safety and the environment – and this application shows we can do that. We are listening and acting on what we have heard.”
These changes to the project have resulted in an increase in the expected employment opportunities; throughout the country, Energy East is expected to create an average of 14,000 annual direct and indirect full time jobs during the nine-year construction of the pipeline.
In addition, the project will support the creation of an additional 3,300 annual direct and indirect full time jobs over for the first 20 years of operations.
When expected operations of the pipeline begin in 2020, the 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East project is expected to reduce the need for Eastern Canadian refineries to continue importing tons of higher-priced foreign oil.