A proposed gas pipeline project linking a proposed LNG plant in Kitimat with gas fields in northeast BC has cleared more regulatory hurdles.
TransCanada says the BC Oil and Gas Commission has given the green light to the final two of 10 required pipeline and facilities permits for the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
“This is a significant regulatory milestone for our project, which is a key component of TransCanada’s growth plan that includes more than $13 billion in proposed natural gas pipeline projects which support the emerging liquefied natural gas industry on the British Columbia Coast,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer in a company news release.
The company says the 650 kilometre-long pipeline to serve the proposed LNG Canada export facility in Kitimat, now has approval for construction and operation.
TransCanada says all that remains is a Final Investment Decision by the joint venture partners led by Shell.
LNG Canada is expected to make a decision on the LNG terminal sometime later this year.
If it gets the go-ahead, pipeline construction would begin in 2017.