$565M Spruce Ridge pipeline program approved for Northeast B.C.

Following a public hearing, Westcoast Energy Inc. has received regulatory approval with 22 conditions for the construction and operation of the $564.5-million Spruce Ridge program in Northeast B.C.

The Chetwynd Loop consists of approximately 25 kilometres of 36-inch outside diameter pipeline. Approximately half the loop will parallel existing pipeline right-of-way, with approximately 12.5 kilometres proceeding through a greenfield route east and south of Chetwynd, away from developed areas.

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The Aitken Creek Loop is comprised of approximately 13 kilometres of 24-inch OD pipeline, all to be located on Crown land, with the majority of the loop running parallel to existing linear disturbances. It would commence at the existing Westcoast Aitken Creek Gas Plant, approximately 103 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John, and end just west of the existing Spectra Energy Midstream Corporation Highway gas plant, approximately 109 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.

The project also includes the installation of two additional compressor units at the existing Compressor Station N5, approximately 27 kilometres northwest of Hudson’s Hope and at CS 2 approximately 47 kilometres south of Hudson’s Hope. Minor modifications also are planned at CS N5 and at CS 16, approximately 48 kilometres south of Fort St. John.

Westcoast said the project will enable it to provide service for the expansion firm transportation service agreements from receipt points along the Fort Nelson Mainline for gas deliveries to the NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) system at Compressor Station 16 (Sunset); and from receipt points along the Fort St. John Mainline for gas deliveries to the Westcoast T-South system at Compressor Station No. 2, providing access to markets in B.C., the United States Pacific Northwest and California. 

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