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TransCanada expansion project approved

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World Pipelines,

TransCanada has recently announced that Canadian government has approved its CAN$1.3 billion NGTL system expansion project. The project is set to provide additional capacity to meet the needs of natural gas shippers.

The expansion project will include five additional pipeline sections, totalling 230 km and two compression facilities. The first facilities are expected to be ready for service in 2Q17, with the entire project expected to be complete by 2Q18.

"TransCanada's natural gas system has played a key role in transporting growing natural gas supplies from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) to premium markets across North America, providing significant benefits for our customers, consumers, communities and governments for more than 65 years," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's President and CEO.

The project will require the purchase of CAN$1.2 billion in Canadian goods and services, including approximately CAN$800 million in labour income during construction.

TransCanada has had extensive consultations with Indigenous communities, working with 55 communities in the project area. TransCanada will continue to engage Indigenous communities and landowners through the lifecycle of the project.

At present, the NGTL system gathers approximately 75% of WCSB production. It provides shippers with options to transport WCSB natural gas to growing markets in North America. In 2016, NGTL's average transported volume is, so far, approximately 11.3 billion ft3/d, compared to the 2015 average of 11 billion ft3/d.

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