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Canada approves $439m Towerbirch pipeline expansion project

EBR Staff Writer Published 13 March 2017

The Canadian government has conditionally approved NOVA Gas Transmission’s (NGTL) proposed Towerbirch pipeline expansion project.

Estimated to cost $439m, the project involves construction of 87km-long interprovincial natural gas pipeline between British Columbia and Alberta.

Subject to 24 binding conditions, the project comprises two new pipeline sections along with associated facilities in northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia.

Prior to approval of the project, the government considered the National Energy Board’s recommendation as well as the Environment and Climate Change Canada’s assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions in making the decision.

Canada Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said: “Approving the Towerbirch Expansion Project subject to binding conditions reflects the Government’s principled approach to developing and transporting Canada’s natural resources in a way that creates jobs and protects the environment.”

Expected to create up to 750 jobs during construction phase, the Towerbirch Expansion project is designed to help meet the increased natural gas transmission capacity along the existing NGTL system and support economic growth.

Last year, Canada launched a set of interim principles to help in making decisions on major projects which are being reviewed while longer-term reforms to environmental assessment processes are underway.

Based on these interim principles, the Towerbirch expansion project has been assessed.

The project was recommended by the National Energy Board (NEB) in 2016 to the Governor in Council (GIC) for approval, subject to conditions.

Image: Estimated to cost $439m, the project involves construction of 87km-long interprovincial natural gas pipeline. Photo: courtesy of supakitmod/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.