TransCanada Moves Forward With Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project

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TransCanada has received the first two permits from the British Columbia (BC) Oil & Gas Commission (OGC), approving construction for two sections of Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project (PRGT) along approximately 155 miles of the route. The pipeline approvals are for sections that extend from 12.4 miles northwest of Hudson’s Hope to 30 miles north of Fort St. James.
  “Receiving these first two permits is very good news and represents another key milestone for our project,” said Dean Patry, president, PRGT. “Combined with our recently announced project agreements with certain First Nations communities that highlighted the economic benefits they would receive, the issuance of these permits demonstrates that TransCanada is listening and remains committed to participating in the development of the province’s liquefied natural gas export industry in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
  PRGT has applied for 11 OGC pipeline and facilities permits for the project. Along with the Environmental Assessment Certificate, issued to PRGT by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office in November 2014, these permits provide the project with the authority to proceed with construction of the pipeline and related facilities.
  Construction work, which includes right-of-way clearing, will not begin on these two sections before conditions of the permits are met and a final investment decision has been made by Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG). The permits for these two sections include approximately 70 conditions, which will govern implementation of the project, related to: Notification and reporting; heritage conservation; First Nations; land clearing; wildlife; terrain stability; stream crossings and engineering.
  TransCanada is advancing the development of approximately $13 billion in natural gas projects in B.C. which will generate significant construction spending in the province plus taxation, jobs and other benefits. PRGT is engaging with Aboriginal groups across the pipeline right-of-way and to date has announced three long-term project agreements, with others expected to be announced in due course.