Spectra Energy are developing a pipeline called the Westcoast Connector that will run 860 km from northeastern B.C. to BG Group owned liquefied natural gas LNG liquefaction plant near Prince Rupert. This pipeline represents one of the first of its type to get under way in the race to transport LNG from northern B.C. to Canada’s west coast. Doug Bloom, president of Spectra Energy’s Canadian LNG business, said: “we often speak of the race between different countries, but the same applies to within Canada. We’re just trying to make sure that we keep that sense of urgency as we work our way through it.”
Spectra, who have 200 geotechnical, archeological and negotiating personnel working on this specific project, as well as 850 employees in B.C, and 3500 nationwide, will present its official application in 2014, having undergone provincial environmental assessment last year. A review will be undertaken for 180 days after which an investment decision will be made.
Spectra is not alone in B.C. pipeline application. Trans Canada Pipelines is intending to implement a 750 km pipeline from northeastern B.C. to Lelu Island, near Port Edward, for which it submitted its application for environmental review earlier this summer and expects to ask for approval in 2014. Petronas offshoot Progress Energy is also eager to build an LNG plant near Port Edward.
Rich Coleman, minister of natural gas, said that individual projects must be assessed in an accumulative manner; previous applications must be taken into account. He called this ‘stacking’.
Edited from various sources by Ted Monroe
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