A multi-year effort to expand the NGTL and Foothills systems has seen the in-service of several projects over the past few months, furthering North American energy security, boosting local economies and providing customers with additional market access.
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The expansions help to provide natural gas where it’s needed, including LNG supply. In Alberta, the recent NGTL projects played a pivotal role in facilitating the transition from coal to lower-emission natural gas power generation.
NGTL's design allows for flexible operations to keep gas flowing safely and reliably which is beneficial for quickly responding to evolving situations like the 2023 Western Canada wildfires.
*Projects such as the 2021 NGTL System Expansion can have several sections with various in-service timelines. **Additional facilities, like the Clearwater Compressor Unit Addition, had a role in increasing capacity. Upgrades to the facility were also part of the Edson Mainline Expansion project.
The 2021 NGTL System Expansion project included the longest horizontal directional drill (HDD) at 1.4 km in North America for NPS 48 (48-inch diameter) pipe installed under the Pembina River.
With 570 km of new pipe added to our existing pipeline systems, more gas can be transported across North America to heat and power homes, buildings, hospitals and schools, as well as further LNG supply out of the Gulf Coast.
Pipeline technology has evolved. Today’s pipelines are helping TC Energy meet or exceed regulatory emissions targets with newer, more efficient technology, while also providing reliable energy.
Later this year, the West Path Delivery 2023 projects and Groundbirch Mainline Loop – Saturn section are anticipated to be complete and go into service, while energy transition projects, including the Alberta Carbon Grid, continue development.
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