On July 25, 2017, TransCanada was notified that PETRONAS affiliate Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG) would not be proceeding with their proposed LNG project near Port Edward, B.C. With this news, we are reviewing our options related to our proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) project as we continue to focus on our significant investments in new and existing natural gas infrastructure to meet our customers’ needs.
We are committed to supporting local communities near our pipeline projects by providing contracting and employment opportunities to qualified Aboriginal and local businesses and residents.
Pipelines require significant labour during construction. We estimate that more than 2,000 full-time construction jobs will be created for each of the four years of construction. Plus, the project will benefit local economies and create spinoff employment in support industries. The number of local people who will be hired will depend on skills that directly apply to pipeline construction. We are working with B.C. colleges and other training facilities to support skills training programs that will provide a long-term benefit to families and communities.
Pacific NorthWest (PNW) LNG has given its much-anticipated Final Investment Decision, subject to two conditions: Approval of the Project Development Agreement by the B.C. Legislature (which occurred in July), and a positive regulatory decision on PNW’s environmental assessment by the federal government. We are also working with the BC Oil and Gas Commission to finalize the necessary construction permits. Once all approvals are received, we will begin to prepare camp locations and right-of-way clearing, with pipeline construction activities shortly thereafter.
In our discussions throughout northern B.C., the importance of fish and fish habitat has been identified consistently by communities. We are working with the Pacific Salmon Foundation to continue to develop comprehensive assessments of Skeena salmon populations and their habitats. The assessments will be shared to ensure that scientists, federal, provincial and First Nations governments, industry, environmental stewards, and others have access to this information and are better able to protect wild salmon habitat and salmon populations in the Skeena watershed.
In January, 2013, TransCanada was selected by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. to design, build, own and operate an approximately 900-kilometre long natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia.
If approved, the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project will safely deliver natural gas from a point near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG facility on Lelu Island, within the District of Port Edward.