Pipeline Proposals Extended

Kathy Brookes

Two companies with proposals to pipe natural gas to Prince Rupert for export are keeping their projects in play.

B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office has granted five-year extensions to the deadlines to start construction of TransCanada's Prince Rupert Gas Transmission line and Enbridge's Westcoast Connector. 

Both received provincial environmental assessment certificates in November 2014, but since then the LNG projects they were designed to supply have been cancelled.

TransCanada's proposed pipeline was supposed to feed Petronas's project on Lelu Island and Enbridge's was supposed to feed BG Group's project on Ridley Island. 

At this point, LNG Canada is the only company that's made a final investment decision to proceed with a project in the Northwest with preparations beginning to ramp up at Kitimat and along the corridor for the Coastal GasLink pipeline which will supply it with gas. 

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