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NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. – North Corridor Expansion Project

What’s New

Project Information

This project is a proposal to add a new compressor station and approximately 81 kilometres of new pipeline, in three pipeline sections, to the NGTL natural gas delivery system. In its application, NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) said that the project was needed to meet the company’s contract commitments to move gas from the Peace River Project Area to growing markets in Alberta. The project includes:

  • North Central Corridor Loop (North Star Section 2) – approximately 24 km of 48-inch diameter pipe
  • North Central Corridor Loop (Red Earth Section 3) – approximately 32 km of 48-inch diameter pipe
  • Northwest Mainline Loop No. 2 (Bear Canyon North Extension) – approximately 25 km of 36-inch diameter pipe
  • Hidden Lake North Compressor Station Unit Addition
  • launcher and receiver facilities for cleaning and in-line inspection

If the project is approved and built, some temporary infrastructure, such as access roads, stockpile sites and construction camps will be required during construction.

The proposed in-service date for the project is April 2022 and the company expects to spend $632 million in capital costs.

Key Milestones

Key Filing Deadlines

Task Deadline
(11:00 am Pacific time [noon Mountain time] unless otherwise indicated)
Submit Application to Participate June 10 – July 5, 2019 at 4 pm Mountain time
File Information Request No. 1 to NGTL Septembere 26, 2019
File Information Request No. 2 to NGTL October 31, 2019
Intervenors file written evidence December 5, 2019
Indigenous Groups present Oral Indigenous Knowledge December 2019 – early February 2020

Preliminary List of Issues

The Board has identified the following preliminary issues for consideration in the hearing with respect to the construction and operation of the proposed project:

  1. The need for the Project.
  2. The economic feasibility of the Project.
  3. The potential commercial impacts of the Project.
  4. The appropriateness of the toll and tariff methodology of the Project.
  5. The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the Project, including any cumulative environmental effects that are likely to result from the Project as set out in the NEB’s Filing Manual, as well as those to be considered under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.
  6. The appropriateness of the general route and land requirements for the Project.
  7. Potential impacts of the Project on Indigenous Footnote 1 interests.
  8. Potential impacts of the Project on owners and users of lands.
  9. The suitability of the design of the Project.
  10. Contingency planning for leaks, accidents or malfunctions, during construction and operation of the Project.
  11. Safety and security during construction and operation of the Project, including emergency response planning and third-party damage prevention.
  12. The terms and conditions to be included in any recommendation or approval the Board may issue for the Project.

Resources

If you would like to learn more about the NEB’s hearing process, please visit the following links:

Transcript:

If a company wants to build or change an NEB – regulated pipeline they apply to us for permission.

Applications are reviewed and we make recommendations whether or not a major pipeline project should move forward.

Many factors are considered such as the project’s safety and design, the overall benefits of the project, and potential negative aspects.

For major pipeline projects, our review can include a public hearing. When you imagine a hearing, you might think of a court-like scenario with people standing up to speak, presenting evidence and asking questions. This is called an oral hearing. However, NEB can also decide to have a hearing entirely in writing.

To announce a hearing, the NEB will send out a Hearing Order. It contains information on how to participate and specific details about the hearing.

If you’re interested in participating, visit our website, read the Hearing Process handbook or listen to an online info session to learn about the NEB’s process.

Before you can become a participant, however, you must “Apply to Participate” using the NEB’s online form. Be sure to explain how you are directly affected by the project or what information or expertise you have that will help the Board in its review.

If you participate as a Commenter, you share your views on the project with the Board in a written letter of Comment. Your letter will then be available for all Canadians to read.

And as an intervenor, you could present written evidence and question others on theirs.

Your final argument can be done orally or in writing. The information you submit will also be available to the pubic.

Funding is available for qualified intervenors.

The Board reviews all evidence and makes recommendation to government whether to approve a major pipeline project.

If a project is approved, the company must meet all conditions upon approval. The NEB will conduct inspections, audits and use other tools to make sure of this.

We also review the proposed pipeline route, which must be approved before a company can start building.

For more information on the NEB, please see our other videos or contact the NEB directly.

Apply to Participate

Attention

Email is not a valid method of filing regulatory documents with the NEB. Comments received by email will not be considered. You must apply to participate.

To be a participant in a NEB hearing process, you must be directly affected or have relevant information or expertise. You can apply to participate as an intervenor or by letter of comment.

The application to participate process was held from June 10 – July 5, 2019.

The process is now closed. The NEB will decide if late applications will be accepted and whether you will be allowed to participate. Please contact the process advisor to discuss the filing process for a late application to participate.

Participant Funding

Participant funding is available to facilitate the participation in this public hearing.

Refer to the Participant Funding Program page for information on deadlines, eligibility, how to apply for funding, and how to submit claims.

Contacts

NEB Contacts

For process-related inquiries, please contact:

Process Advisor
Canada Energy Regulator
Email: NGTLNorthCorridor@cer-rec.gc.ca
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer

Canada Energy Regulator
Email: sarah.kiley@cer-rec.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-614-6526
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-299-3302
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803

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