CALGARY, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - In a decision issued today, the National
Energy Board (NEB or Board) announced its approval of the Northwest
Mainline Expansion Project (the project) submitted by NOVA Gas
Transmission Ltd (NGTL).
The project includes the construction and operation of three new natural
gas pipeline loops totaling 111.2 kilometres (km) in northeast British
Columbia and northwest Alberta. The pipeline loops would be alongside
existing rights-of-way (RoW).
The $324 million project will link natural gas supplies from the Upper
Peace River area to markets in Canada and the United States. The Board
accepts NGTL's submission that there is adequate market demand for the
gas to be transported by the project.
The Board is satisfied with NGTL's efforts in minimizing potential
environmental impacts by proposing a RoW that is largely alongside
existing RoWs. Should the project be constructed, it would not result
in new permanent access roads.
The NEB's approval of this project is contingent on conditions that NGTL
must meet. The conditions relate to pipeline integrity, the protection
of the environment, protection and monitoring of caribou habitat, and
matters of public and Aboriginal consultation.
The company is required to submit regular updates to the NEB on
consultation activities with Aboriginal groups and describe how any
concerns were addressed. As well, NGTL must provide the NEB with a plan
regarding Aboriginal participation in construction monitoring.
The NEB issued Hearing Order GH-2-2011 on 10 June 2011 and held a
two-day public hearing in Fort Nelson, British Columbia starting on 29
The NEB is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's
energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy
development and trade in the Canadian public interest.
This news release is available on the NEB's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!
SOURCE National Energy Board
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