NGTL expects that this approval will allow it to immediately progress construction activities in accordance with regulatory requirements, with compressor station field work expected to begin in December 2020 and pipeline construction activities expected to start in January 2021.
"We're pleased to be moving forward with this project," said Tracy Robinson, Executive Vice-President, President Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines and President Coastal GasLink. "This capacity is vital to our customers, our industry and to the people who rely on the energy we deliver. We estimate this project will create up to 5,500 well-paying construction jobs for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers and will bring a much-needed economic boost to communities across Canada, especially in Alberta."
Once facilities are placed in service, which will occur through 2021 and into 2022, the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project will provide critical incremental capacity to our customers for the safe and reliable delivery of the energy people need, every day. Customers critically anticipating these services include:
- local distribution companies who require increased access to natural gas to serve consumers and heat homes;
- power producers who are attempting to fuel switch from coal to natural gas to reduce emissions and continue providing reliable power to consumers;
- petrochemical companies who require natural gas in their manufacturing processes; and
- natural gas producers who provide North American markets access to clean-burning natural gas, including markets in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the U.S.
This project is a critical component of the $9.9 billion NGTL infrastructure program underway, which will add 3.5 Bcf/d of incremental delivery capacity between 2020 and 2024.