TransCanada has filed a variance application with the National Energy Board to move forward with the construction of the North Montney Mainline (NMML) Project in northeast British Columbia, Canada.
Located in the Peace River Regional District, the project will comprise about 301km of pipeline and include associated metering facilities, valve sites, and compression facilities.
Earlier, the company secured primary federal and provincial approvals for the project’s construction, subject to conditions that included the requirement for a positive final investment decision on the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG (PNW) Project.
The variance will enable the firm to proceed with the construction of the majority of the project worth about $1.4bn, prior to a final investment decision on the PNW LNG project.
TransCanada executive vice president and president of natural gas pipelines, Karl Johannson, said: "This project adds significant pipeline capacity that connects new gas supplies from the prolific Montney basin to the NGTL System and will provide access to markets across North America.
"This investment further affirms our commitment to build key natural gas infrastructure in B.C. and ensures that the NGTL System can continue to efficiently and competitively meet the transportation needs of our customers. The North Montney Mainline Project will provide new jobs and economic benefits for governments and communities, while supporting further upstream resource investment in B.C."
Construction work on the project is expected to commence in the first half of 2018, subject to regulatory nod. Facilities are expected to be phased into service over a two-year period starting in April 2019.
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