TransCanada Corp. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), has signed agreements with Chevron Canada Ltd. and an Apache Canada Ltd. wholly-owned and controlled partnership for approximately 1.9 Bcf/d of firm natural gas transportation services to underpin the development of a major extension of TransCanada’s NGTL System.
The proposed Merrick Mainline Pipeline project will be a significant new link in British Columbia’s emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) export market. The pipeline will transport natural gas sourced through the NGTL System to the inlet of the proposed Pacific Trail pipeline that will terminate at the Kitimat LNG Terminal at Bish Cove near Kitimat, B.C. The proposed project will be an extension from the existing Groundbirch Mainline section of the NGTL System beginning near Dawson Creek, B.C. to its end point near the community of Summit Lake, B.C. The $1.9 billion project will consist of 161 miles of 48-inch pipe.
TransCanada is continuing to advance its development work on the project, including field studies, engineering and design work, and pipeline routing, to support applications for regulatory approvals and finalize project requirements. Aboriginal, landowner and community engagement and consultation activities for the Merrick Mainline Pipeline project have started and will be ongoing through the life of the project. Construction of the Merrick Mainline is dependent on regulatory approval and a positive final investment decision for the Kitimat LNG project.
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