CALGARY, A.B. – TransCanada has announced that the Canadian government has approved the company’s $1.3 billion 2017 NGTL System Expansion Project, including the Grande Prairie Mainline Loop 2 – McLeod River Section.
The project includes 5 new pipeline sections which total 230 km. There will also be 2 new compression facilities.
The company exepects the first facilities to be ready for service in the second quarter of 2017, with the entire project expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2018.
“TransCanada’s natural gas system has played a key role transporting growing natural gas supplies from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) to premium markets across North America, providing significant benefits for our customers, consumers, communities and governments for more than 65 years,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. “Expansion of the NGTL System is an important part of TransCanada’s industry-leading $25-billion near-term capital program.
TransCanada has engaged in extensive consultation with Indigenous communities, working with 55 communities in the project area. TransCanada will continue to engage Indigenous communities and landowners throughout the life cycle of the project.”
The National Energy Board recommended that the Canadian government approve the project in a report released on June 1, 2016.