The Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) is one of North America’s most prolific natural gas production basins and is of key importance to the Canadian economy.
Given the production of natural gas in Alberta and B.C., an important requirement for WCSB producers is getting their product into other markets. To be competitive, access to markets through well-positioned pipeline assets is critical.
Natural gas producers asked us to increase natural gas transportation service on the NGTL System. To address this need, the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project is near construction completion and now operational for all firm service contracts, with the Simonette horizontal directional drill (HDD) anticipated to be completed in Q4 2023. Beginning in northwest Alberta and along the west path of the NGTL System and southeast towards Rocky Mountain House, the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project added approximately 344 kms (214 miles) of newly built 48-inch pipe to the NGTL System.
The pipeline sections are located starting in the County of Grande Prairie, extending through the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16, Yellowhead County, and ending in Clearwater County. Many of the pipeline sections run parallel to, and connect at, existing locations on the NGTL System.
In addition to the pipeline sections, NGTL constructed three 30-megawatt (MW) compressor station unit additions on the NGTL System at the existing Nordegg, Didsbury, and Beiseker Compressor Stations. These facilities are located in Clearwater County, Mountain View County, and Rockyview County, respectively.
The Project added multiple pipeline sections and compressor station unit additions to our existing assets in three key areas:
In total, the Project added 1.45 Bcf/d of capacity to the NGTL System, providing critical incremental capacity to our customers for the safe and reliable delivery of the energy people need, every day.
On February 19, 2020, the CER issued a report recommending that the Governor in Council (GIC) approve the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project. The GIC directed the CER to issue an approval the Project on October 19, 2020, and the CER issued that approval (Certificate GC-129) on October 23, 2020. NGTL progressed construction activities in accordance with regulatory requirements.
With many 2021 NGTL System Expansion projects already in service and firm current contracts met, current construction focus is on the Simonette HDD river crossing and associated pipeline section.
TC Energy follows the best construction practices to ensure our pipeline and facility work meets or exceeds industry and regulatory standards for safety and reliable operation, as well as environmental guidelines and regulations. You can learn more about pipeline safety on our Safety page.
Strict adherence to construction plans and commitments in our Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) ensure that the effects of construction activities on the community and the environment are minimized. Once pipeline construction activities have been completed, the land surface is reclaimed to an equivalent land capability.
Broad engagement on project study areas
Section 52 Project Description filed to the National Energy board (NEB), now called the Canada Energy Regulator (CER)
Construction activities began, pursuant to Section 52
Majority of project components in-service for firm service contracts for all project components
Anticipated completion of Simonette HDD and pipe line section; all project components in-service.
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The pipeline additions generally follow our existing NGTL pipeline corridors in western Alberta. Their routes add multiple pipeline sections to our existing assets along our Grande Prairie Mainline and Edson Mainline pipeline assets.
The 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project is governed according to regulations outlined by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER), which replaced the National Energy Board (NEB) on August 28, 2019. For more information about the CER web site.
If you would like to view NGTL application submissions to the CER they can be accessed on the CER’s 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project website.
If you require assistance accessing the files, you can contact our Provincial and Community Relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NGTL filed the Plan, Profile, and Book of Reference (PPBoR) with the CER. The PPBoR reflects engagement and feedback received on the detailed routing. All landowners affected by the Project received information on the PPBoR and had the opportunity to comment on the final route before it was approved by the CER.
For additional information, visit the CER website.
In Canada, we have a very large natural gas source known as the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in addition to smaller natural gas sources. The NGTL System is a 25,000-km (15,000-mile) pipeline system located primarily throughout Alberta and northeast British Columbia – where the WCSB is located – and connects with other pipeline systems to deliver gas across North America.
Learn more about the NGTL System by visiting Explore Energy.
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