In January 2013, TransCanada was selected by Progress Energy Canada to design, build, own and operate an approximately 900-kilometre natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia. If approved, the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project will safely deliver natural gas from a point near Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG facility on Lelu Island, within the District of Port Edward.
Ongoing input from Aboriginal groups and stakeholders, such as landowners, local communities and government, will continue to shape the proposed route.
In May 2013, Prince Rupert Gas Transmission took the first step to initiate an environmental assessment process. We submitted a Project Description to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office. It described how the project team plans to design, construct and operate the pipeline, metering stations and compressor stations. In April of 2014, after some 18 months of study, we submitted our application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate, which, along with a permit from the BC Oil & Gas Commission, will allow construction of the pipeline to proceed. The B.C. Environment Minister and the Natural Gas Development Minster issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the project on Nov. 25, along with 45 conditions that must be met to satisfy the terms of the certificate. PRGT’s expected project timing is tightly aligned with our customer’s timing of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project. In order for PRGT to proceed with construction, PRGT would require PNW’s commitment to move ahead with the project.
Proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Facility
Pacific NorthWest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The facility would liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada in northeast B.C. The marine infrastructure for the proposed facility will be located adjacent to Flora Bank, and includes a proposed suspension bridge and trestle to connect Lelu Island with the marine terminal. The facility has been designed to avoid sensitive marine environments, such as the eelgrass beds on Flora Bank. Watch this video to see how LNG carriers would berth at the proposed marine terminal.