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West Path Delivery Project

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Overview 

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, an affiliate of TC Energy, is planning to construct, own and operate the West Path Delivery project to supply southwest Alberta and connected downstream markets with natural gas produced in Western Canada.


Since spring 2017, we’ve been talking with the community about the project. Along with your feedback, the route option considerations, potential socio-economic impacts, environmental and land considerations, as well as many other factors, have all played an important part in our planning.


In early February 2018, we filed an application with the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) and on April 11, 2019, we received approval from the CER to construct and operate the Project. Facility construction began in the second quarter of 2019 and pipeline construction began in the third quarter of 2019. We look forward to continuing to work with the community throughout construction and as we move towards our planned in-service date for the Project in 2020. Make sure to visit this page for updates during construction.

What to expect during construction

At TC Energy, we are committed to designing, constructing and operating our facilities to ensure the safety of our employees, the public and to minimize impacts to residents and the environment. Construction and operations of the Project will comply with all safety and environmental guidelines and regulations. We will follow best construction practices to ensure that the pipeline infrastructure and associated facilities are built to meet or exceed industry and government standards for safety and reliable operations.

To learn more about what to expect during construction of this Project check out our FAQ’s below.

FAQs

Construction of the Project is anticipated to occur from spring 2019 to summer 2020. Pipeline construction activities started in early August 2019 and are anticipated to last six to seven months. Construction of each compressor station unit addition started in late April 2019 and is anticipated to last 12 to 14 months; the unit additions are being built concurrently.

Several factors are considered when selecting the most appropriate construction schedule, and the duration of activity on each parcel of land. These factors include environmental, land/agricultural considerations, feedback from stakeholders as well as safety and constructability.

Most of the construction related activities will be completed during daylight hours, typically Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, specific activities may occur outside these hours as required. For the pipeline component of this Project, the Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) of the Bow River and planned SR1 diversion channel HDD will be required to run 24 hours per day, seven days a week until complete. The workers will abide by any noise regulations and will restrict their work as stipulated by local, municipal or provincial regulations.

During construction, heavy equipment will be on site for earth moving, excavation material handling/hauling, welding and testing. Temporary equipment on site may include graders, bulldozers, tracked excavators, backhoes, automatic welding equipment, portable cranes, side booms, light vehicles (buses, crew trucks) and heavy hauling vehicles (low bed transport trucks, equipment, hydrovac, stringing trucks.)

There will be a moderate increase in noise primarily during the construction of the pipeline and associated facility installations. The workers will abide by any noise regulations and will restrict their work as stipulated by local, municipal or provincial regulations. Once construction is complete, minimal incremental noise will be generated from the associated pipeline installations.

Safety is a top priority at TC Energy and steps will be taken to ensure the safety of the public and workers during construction activities. We will work with local and transportation authorities to develop traffic/rail management plans, where needed. During construction, heavy equipment is moved along the pipeline right‐of‐way. Therefore, traffic impacts are generally limited to mobilization of the equipment, road crossing, moving equipment around rivers, wetlands and highways and demobilization of the equipment. For each road crossing or road entry, safety personnel and safety markers will be placed for traffic management. Most construction workers will commute to the right‐of‐way in buses or other vehicles, resulting in marginally increased traffic in the early morning and late afternoon. Periodic access to the pipeline corridor may be needed for ongoing monitoring, operations and maintenance.

The prime contractors for the Project are responsible for all hiring, construction, fabrication and installation activities.

We invite those that are looking for contractor/vendor opportunities to complete TC Energy’s Vendor Registration form online at TCEnergy.com/vendors.

 

Our goal is to maintain continuous contact with our stakeholders throughout this Project. A representative from the Project will be on-site during construction and will be a primary point of contact should any concerns arise.

We invite you to contact us with any questions or comments you have about the project at 1.844.551.0054 or westpathdelivery@tcenergy.com.

Who are considered stakeholders?

Our stakeholders have varied interests and simply can’t be bundled into one category. We’ve talked with landowners, nearby residents and businesses, Aboriginal groups, associations, community centers and more. We’ve also connected with municipalities to identify others that may have an interest in the West Path Delivery Project.

As a result, basic project details continue to be provided to all stakeholders — but to answer as many questions as possible, we also engage with people as needed through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, presentations, etc.

If you have a question about the project, visit our Contact page. We would be happy to hear from you.

Project schedule

 

June - July 2017

Initial community engagement

  • Face-to-face meetings/phone calls to potentially impacted stakeholders,
    landowners and Aboriginal groups
  • The first of two comprehensive information packages sent to the above and
    other identified parties
  • Project details discussed with the Town of Cochrane, Town of Turner Valley
    and surrounding counties/municipal districts

Ongoing studies and surveys on project feasibility and impacts

September 2017

First open house

  • Event advertised in local print/online newspapers and through social media
  • Direct invitations shared with 5,700 stakeholders, landowners, Aboriginal groups and others
October - November 2017

Selected route announced following public consultation and studies

  • Second informational mailout sent to the same 5,700 recipients
  • Map of selected route advertised in local print/online newspapers and through social media
January 2018

Second open house

  • Event advertised in local print/online newspapers and through social media
  • Direct invitations shared with the same 5,700 recipients
February 2018

Project application submitted to the CER

April 2019

Project approval received from the CER

June 2019

Third open house and local business economic summit

  • Hosted local business economic summit event to provide local businesses an opportunity to meet with the prime contractors for the Project and learn about potential contracting opportunities. Invitations were sent to businesses in the area of the Project.
  • Hosted open house to provide information to the public about the construction of the Project.
  • Open house event advertised in local print newspapers, radio and through social media.
Q2 2019

Commenced compressor station construction in late April 2019

Q3 2019

Commenced pipeline construction in early August 2019

June 2020 Pipeline and compressor station construction complete and in service (anticipated)

Three Project Components

Since the Spring of 2017, we have been talking to the community about the West Path Delivery project, asking for your thoughts and concerns on potential route options. Based on your feedback and other factors like socio-economic considerations, archeological and cultural values, environment, land use compatibility, and safety and constructability, we determined that Route A is the preferred path (see map). This is also the route that was applied for and approved by the CER.

This route runs parallel to an existing pipeline utility corridor for about 6 km through Cochrane, Alta. and continues south through Rocky View County for another 15 km, also paralleling existing infrastructure where feasible to minimize impacts to land and the environment.

Will include:

  • Expansion of existing compressor station located approximately 3 km (2 miles) northwest of Turner Valley, Alta.
  • Addition of a new unit building, new aerial coolers, and new auxiliary coolers

Will include:

  • Expansion of existing compressor station located approximately 39 km (24 miles) west of Claresholm, Alta.
  • Addition of a new building, new aerial coolers and new auxiliary coolers
 

Contributions

NGTL contributed $1.65M in property taxes to the region in 2016, and West Path will generate an additional $142,000 in property taxes once built

Invested

$115,000 invested in regional community since 2000

Jobs

Will create hundreds of jobs for local businesses and suppliers

 

Our commitment

TC Energy is committed to protecting the environment.

As part of project planning and development, TC Energy has prepared an Environmental and ocioeconomic Assessment (ESA). We have collected data on a number of environmental elements including, but not limited to, soils and terrain, wildlife and wildlife habitat, vegetation and wetlands, fish and fish habitat, heritage resources, air emissions and acoustic environment, and socioeconomic considerations such as land and resource use, infrastructure and services, and social and cultural well-being.

In addition, an Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) has been developed to identify the necessary environmental protection measures to be implemented for the Project, which ensure responsible construction and results in a return to equivalent land capability.

The proposed Project will deliver well-designed and constructed infrastructure that provides short-term and long-term economic benefits and strengthens the economy on a local, provincial and national level.

Employment opportunities — Construction will require the services of equipment operators, welders, mechanics, truck drivers, labourers and more.

Business opportunities — Pipeline construction will create demand for local goods and services, including food and accommodation, hardware, industrial parts, automotive parts and servicing, fuel and more.

Annual revenue to support local services — Project construction will result in tax payments to municipal, provincial and federal governments. When the Project is operational, annual tax payments will help support schools and hospitals, emergency services, recreation facilities, recycling programs and other local programs vital to sustaining communities.

Investments in Local Communities — Through our engagement with local communities, we will identify areas where we can help build stronger, more vibrant communities through initiatives with community partnerships in the areas of safety, community and environment.

Documents and maps

The West Path Delivery Project is necessary to supply southwest Alberta and connected downstream markets with natural gas produced in Western Canada.

Regulatory documents

Regulatory information

The West Path Delivery Project is governed according to regulations outlined by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

View our project application to the Canada Energy Regulator (CER)

On April 11, 2019, NGTL received approval from the CER to construct and operate the project. You can view the approval on the CER's website here.

Application hard copy

Hard copies of the project's application in English can also be found at the following locations:

Cochrane Public Library
405 Railway Street West
Cochrane, AB
T4C 2E2
Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.

Sheep River Library
129 Main Street
Turner Valley, AB
T0L 2A0
Hours:
Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Pincher Creek Municipal Library
899 Main Street
Pincher Creek, AB
T0K 1W0
Hours:
Monday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Regulatory contact

Canada Energy Regulator (CER)
Local 1-403-292-4800 1-403-292-5503
Toll-Free 1-800-899-1265 1-877-288-8803

EMAIL

Ways to reach us

We’re here to answer your questions. For general questions you can contact us by email, but for a quicker response, please call us directly.

West Path Delivery Project
West Path Delivery Project (TC Energy)
450 – 1st Street SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 5H1

1-844-551-0054  Toll-Free (North America)

Emergency Response
Our commitment to the safety of our people, pipelines and facilities is unwavering. In case of an emergency, please call the appropriate 24-hour toll-free hotline:
Canada: 1-888-982-7222

Landowner Helpline
A key component in maintaining the integrity of our facilities is input from all stakeholders: Indigenous communities, landowners and governments. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know.

Head Office
450 – 1 St. SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 5H1

1-866-372-1601

Media Relations
TC Energy welcomes enquiries from media. Please direct questions to:
1-800-608-7859 Toll-free (North America)

Investor Relations
We welcome inquiries from analysts, shareholders and prospective shareholders at:
1-800-361-6522 Toll-free (North America)