Background: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project
June 5, 2012
TransCanada has been selected by Shell Canada Limited and its joint venture partners in the LNG Canada project to develop an approximately 700 kilometre pipeline to safely deliver natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region, near Dawson Creek, B.C., to LNG Canada's proposed liquefied natural gas facility near Kitimat, B.C.
The conceptual route is based on a preliminary assessment of geography, terrain, environment, social aspects and constructability. It is very early in the project planning process, so a specific route has not yet been selected. Before a route can be defined, TransCanada will engage with Aboriginal and local communities near the conceptual route. As well, TransCanada will undertake extensive engineering and environmental programs including traditional knowledge studies. We will share information, gather input and incorporate feedback into our decision making and route refinement process.
The final route will be determined by considering Aboriginal, landowner and stakeholder input, the environment, archaeological and cultural values, land use compatibility, safety, constructability and economics.
Aboriginal and Stakeholder Engagement - We expect to begin engaging with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders immediately and throughout the life-cycle of the project.
Environmental Field Studies - We expect to begin environmental field studies as soon as practical in 2012 or early 2013.
Regulatory Applications - We plan to file a Project Description with the BC Environmental Assessment Office in fall of 2012 and file the Environmental Assessment Application in early 2014.
Construction and Operation - Pending all required regulatory and project approvals, construction of the proposed pipeline is expected to begin in the summer of 2015 with pipeline operations beginning in time to meet the in-service requirements of the proposed LNG Canada facility.