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West Path Delivery Project

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Overview 

We’re pleased to announce that the West Path Delivery Project is now in-service. The project will supply southwest Alberta and connected downstream markets with natural gas produced in Western Canada.

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. As of June 2020, the Rocky View Pipeline section, Turner Valley Compressor Station Unit Addition and Burton Creek Compressor Station Unit Addition are complete and in-service. We look forward to continuing to work with the community throughout reclamation and clean-up activities.

Thank you to all our communities, stakeholders and workers for their patience, hard work and dedication to this project. We are grateful to everyone who played a role in its success!

Reclamation Activities

Reclamation work along the pipeline right-of-way and at the compressor station facilities is ongoing and expected to be complete in the fall of 2020. Reclamation activities through the Town of Cochrane began in mid-June and will continue throughout the summer. Reclamation work in Rocky View County is anticipated to begin in July 2020. This work is weather dependent and will be conducted ensuring crews are following all appropriate COVID-19 guidelines and precautions.

To reclaim the area through the dog parks in the Town of Cochrane, our contractors will be preparing the soil and putting down sod to return the dog parks to full use as soon as possible. This process is expected to begin in early July. However, we will limit access along the small section where the sod is placed to ensure it takes and can be kept safe from any dogs who like to dig. The sod sections will be watered and weeded as required. We expect this landscaping work should be completed in the Fall 2020, after which we can remove the fencing completely and the dog park will be opened without restrictions.

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

  • In April 2020, the Turner Valley Compressor Station Unit Addition was placed into service.
  • In June 2020, the Burton Creek Compressor Station Unit Addition was placed into service.
Q3 2019

Commenced pipeline construction in early August 2019. In March 2020, the Rocky View Section was placed into service.

Q3 2020 Pipeline and compressor station construction complete and in service
Q2 - Q4 2020 Reclamation work along the right-of-way and at the facilities takes place. It is anticipated this work will be completed in the Fall of 2020.

Three Project Components

The Rocky View Section 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.

In March 2020, construction was completed on the Rocky View Section and this component was placed into service. Now that construction is complete, the land will be reclaimed to an equivalent land capability.

Reclamation activities through the Town of Cochrane began in mid-June and will continue throughout the summer. Reclamation work in Rocky View County is anticipated to begin in July 2020. This work is weather dependent and will be conducted ensuring crews are following all appropriate COVID-19 guidelines and precautions.

To reclaim the area through the dog parks in the Town of Cochrane, our contractors will be preparing the soil and putting down sod to return the dog parks to full use as soon as possible. This process is expected to begin in early July. However, we will limit access along the small section where the sod is placed to ensure it takes and can be kept safe from any dogs who like to dig. The sod sections will be watered and weeded as required. We expect this landscaping work should be completed in the Fall 2020, after which we can remove the fencing completely and the dog park will be opened without restrictions.

In April 2020, construction was completed on the Turner Valley Compressor Station Unit Addition and this component was placed into service. This component included:

  • Expansion of an 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

In June 2020, construction was completed on the Burton Creek Compressor Station Unit Addition and this component was placed into service.

This component included:

  • Expansion of an 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

Invested

$115,000 invested in regional community since 2000

Jobs

Created 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 prepared an Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment (ESA). We 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) was 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 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 — 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

WEBSITE 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)