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TransCanada seeks variance to allow North Montney Mainline Project go-ahead

TransCanada Corporation has filed a variance application with the National Energy Board to proceed with construction of the North Montney Mainline (NMML) Project in northeast British Columbia. TransCanada has previously been granted the required primary federal and provincial approvals to construct NMML, subject to conditions that included the requirement for a positive final investment decision on the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG (PNW) Project.

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Successful open season from TransCanada lauded by BC

The British Columbia government has welcomed news of TransCanada successfully concluding a long-term fixed-price Open Season for natural gas transport on the Canadian Mainline from the Empress receipt point in Alberta to the Dawn hub in southern Ontario. The company confirmed that its recent Open Season resulted in binding, long-term contracts from Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) gas producers to transport 1.5 PJ/d of natural gas at a simplified toll of $0.77/GJ.

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Line of coalescing filter elements for gas processing

Clark-Reliance Corporation has announced a new line of coalescing filter elements for the gas processing industry. The new VertexCore filter elements have been designed to eliminate unsafe filter element changeout techniques while increasing filtration efficiencies. VertexCore elements have a fixed extension that is welded to the element end cap, which allows maintenance staff to easily remove and replace elements without exposing their head, shoulders, torso or legs to a confined space. This design feature eliminates the widespread behavior of climbing into or reaching into filtration pressure vessels to remove or replace elements. The VertexCore extensions and hold down rods, while facilitating element replacement, also provide a barrier to prevent operator entry, a positive reinforcement to confined space safety regulations.

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Towerbirch pipeline expansion gets federal nod

Canadians have told the Government that we must protect our environment for future generations while growing the economy and creating good, middle-class jobs. The Government is making responsible decisions about moving Canadian energy to markets while investing in clean technology and supporting the long-term transition to a lower-carbon energy mix. 

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New valves for extreme conditions

Engineered to address the inherent dangers of demanding applications, the Crane FKX 9000 adheres to the industry’s most stringent standards, delivering exceptional flow control, optimized Cv and low Delta P, as well as zero-leak* shut off in high-temperature applications, hydrocarbon service and emergency shut down (ESD) service. Featuring an optimized seat angle, metal-to-metal sealing, innovative stem seal and shaft design, and torque seating, this new valve offers numerous cost, safety and performance benefits. Originally available in sizes ranging from 3” to 24”, the Crane FKX 9000 will now be available up to 48.”

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Towerbirch Expansion Project receives B.C. environmental assessment certificate

British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman have issued an environmental assessment certificate to NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. for the Towerbirch Expansion Project, an 87-km-long interprovincial natural gas pipeline between British Columbia and Alberta. Approximately 69 km would be in the Peace River Regional District in northeast British Columbia.

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TransCanada offers to sell interest in two lines to TC Pipelines

TransCanada Corporation has offered to sell a 49.3 per cent interest in Iroquois Gas Transmission System, LP (Iroquois), together with its remaining 11.8 per cent interest in Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS), subject to satisfactory negotiation of terms, compliance with any applicable regulatory requirements, and Partnership Board approval, to its master limited partnership, TC PipeLines, LP. TransCanada's Board of Directors has approved the sales of Iroquois and PNGTS.

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Exploring best practices for ensuring gas pipeline integrity

Oil and Gas exploration continue all over the world and as more hydrocarbon sources are found the demand for pipelines to transport oil and gas increase. However, pipeline operators are under severe financial and social pressure to avoid incidents that cause crude oil and natural gas leaks. With regulators scrutinizing pipeline projects, the reputation of the entire industry is at risk. This is why pipeline integrity must become the focus of discussion. 

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Canadian pipeline inspection division picking up speed in US market

Pure Technologies Ltd. announced today that its oil and gas pipeline integrity division, PureHM, has recently received purchase orders totalling over $3 million from U.S.-based pipeline companies for inspection work to be executed in the first half of 2017. PureHM believes this is an early indication of its U.S. expansion strategy which began in early 2015. This new work includes confirmation of containment surveys using the Company's proprietary SmartBall technology on major pipeline infrastructure connecting refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast to communities throughout the South and Eastern United States. 

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FERC approves construction of two U.S. natural gas lines by TransCanada

TransCanada Corporation announced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order approving the construction of the Leach XPress and Rayne XPress projects. The combined $1.8 billion investments will provide additional outlets to transport domestic, clean burning natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica production areas to higher-value Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.

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