The Pacific Northern Gas (PNG) Looping Project is a PNG proposal to loop its existing natural gas transmission pipeline between Summit Lake, B.C. and Kitimat, B.C.
Open Houses were recently held in the region to allow the public to review the PNG Looping Project’s draft Application Information Requirements (AIR). The public may continue to submit commnets on the Project’s draft AIR until January 2, 2014 through the BC Environmental Assessment Office’s (BCEAO) website located here.
The PNG Looping Project has received its Section 11 Order from the BCEAO. The Section 11 Order informs the direction to PNG on the scope of the project, what parts of their proposed project will be assessed, what effects will be considered in the assessment and what actions and activities PNG is responsible for in the assessment. It also sets out required consultation activities and time frames.
PNG has recently filed a Project Description with the BCEAO. To review it and other Project information, please check out the BCEAO project webpage.
Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (PNG) is proposing to upgrade its gas transmission capacity by looping (or “twinning”) its existing natural gas transmission pipeline between Summit Lake, B.C. and Kitimat, B.C. The new pipeline will increase the overall pipeline capacity of the PNG Transmission System in order to meet the requirements of its existing customers and new small-scale Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Projects proposed for construction in Kitimat.
The proposed Project involves the construction of approximately 525 kms of new 24-inch pipe, operating in parallel with the existing pipeline, which will minimize disturbance along the Project route and ensure efficient operations and maintenance.
The PNG Loop is intended to generally parallel the existing PNG pipeline between Summit Lake and Telkwa, as well as between the Lakelse Lake area and Kitimat, with the pipe located in a new construction easement that follows the existing PNG pipeline easement where feasible. For the section of the pipeline between Telkwa and the Lakelse Lake area, the pipeline would be located in a new corridor.
The route for the Project is currently a preliminary corridor that will be refined through continued technical, environmental and constructability assessments, as well as consideration of input from Aboriginal groups, landowners and other stakeholders. The corridor crosses private and Crown land in the Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako and Kitimat-Stikine Regional Districts.
The Project will generate approximately 1800-2400 direct person years of employment during construction. Additionally, tax benefits will be generated for Kitimat and the regional districts crossed by the pipeline. PNG anticipates the project will also result in a significant reduction in natural gas transportation rates for its existing customers.
PNG is committed to designing, constructing and operating the Project in a safe and environmentally responsible manner that respects the communities within which it operates. PNG is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of natural gas infrastructure in the northeastern and west central areas of B.C.
The Project will be subject to B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Act and will therefore require an Environmental Assessment Certificate. The project may also be subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which will determine if a federal environmental assessment is necessary. Additional authorizations, permits, licenses, and certificates will be required for construction and operation of the project, including permits under the B.C. Oil and Gas Activities Act.
PNG is a company regulated under the B.C. Utilities Commission Act and consequently, the Project will require approval from the BC Utilities Commission, including a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
For further information about the regulatory process, please visit the BC Environmental Assessment Office website.
Initial studies are just beginning and will continue through 2015. The Project is targeting the submission of its Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate in the Fall of 2014. Subject to receipt of regulatory and Project approvals, construction of the Project could commence as early as the fourth quarter of 2015, with an earliest completion of construction and in-service date occurring in late 2016.
Questions and Comments
PNG welcomes your input regarding the PNG Looping Project via any of the following methods:
Phone: 1-855-LOOP PNG (566-7764)
Mail: PNGL Project
Suite 950 – 1185 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6E 4E6