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Prince Rupert project receives construction permits

LNG Industry,

TransCanada has received the first two permits from the British Columbia Oil & Gas Commission (OGC), approving construction for two sections of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project (PRGT).

The approvals are for sections of pipeline that extend from 20 km northwest of Hudson’s Hope to approximately 50 km north of Fort St. James.


Commenting on the news, Dean Patry, President, said: "Receiving these first two permits is very good news and represents another key milestone for our project. 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. Together with the Environmental Assessment Certificate, issued to PRGT in November 2014, these permits provide the project with the authority to proceed with construction of the pipeline and related facilities.

Construction conditions

Construction work will not begin on these two sections before conditions of the permits are met and a final investment decision (FID) 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.
  • Engineering.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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