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TransCanada seeks approval to proceed with NMML Project

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TransCanada Corp. has announced that it has filed a variance application with the National Energy Board to proceed with the construction of the North Montney Mainline (NMML) Project in northeast British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.

The company has already been granted the necessary primary federal and provincial approvals to construct the project, subject to conditions that included a positive final investment decision (FID) on the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG (PNW LNG) Project.

The requested variance would enable TransCanada to proceed with building the majority of the NMML Project, at an estimated capital cost of approximately $1.4 billion, prior to FID on the PNW LNG Project. In support of the variance for the NMML Project, TransCanada has secured new 20-year commercial contracts with 11 shippers for approximately 1.5 billion ft3/d of firm service.

TransCanada’s Executive Vice President and President, Natural Gas Pipelines, Karl Johannson, said: “This project adds significant pipeline capacity that connects new gas supplies from the prolific Montney basin to the NGTL System and will provide access to markets across North America.

"This investment further affirms our commitment to build key natural gas infrastructure in B.C. and ensures that the NGTL System can continue to efficiently and competitively meet the transportation needs of our customers.

"The North Montney Mainline Project will provide new jobs and economic benefits for governments and communities, while supporting further upstream resource investment in B.C."

Subject to regulatory approval, TransCanada is planning to commence construction in 1H18, with the facilities coming into service in phases over two years, commencing April 2019.

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