TransCanada Corp. announced that it will move forward with a new $2 billion expansion program on its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) System, based on new contracted customer demand for 3 Bcf/d of incremental firm receipt and delivery services.
This expansion program results from growing producer demand to connect low-cost Montney, Duvernay and Deep Basin production to the NGTL System and move it to premium intra-basin and export markets. Numerous shippers have recently signed over 2.6 Bcf/d in total new firm supply contracts at multiple existing and proposed new receipt locations across the system.
TransCanada also successfully concluded a recent expansion open season for incremental service at the Alberta/British Columbia export delivery point, which connects Canadian supply through downstream TransCanada pipelines to Pacific Northwest, California and Nevada markets. The open season was over-subscribed, and all 381 MMcf/d of available expansion service was awarded under long term contracts.
The expansion program will be comprised of numerous projects that will in aggregate, include 171 miles of 16-inch to 48-inch pipeline, 150 MW of compression at five compressor stations, new meter stations and other associated facilities. Applications for the various projects will be filed with the National Energy Board starting in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Subject to regulatory approvals, construction is expected to start in early 2019, with initial projects expected to be in service in fourth quarter of 2019 and final projects in service by second quarter 2021.