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TransCanada seeks to move forward with its North Montney pipeline

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World Pipelines,

On 20 March, TransCanada Corp. (TransCanada) announced that it has recently filed a variance application with the National Energy Board to proceed with construction of the North Montney mainline (NMML) project in northeast British Columbia (BC).

The company was previously granted the necessary primary federal and provincial approvals to construct NMML, subject to conditions, including the need for a positive final investment decision on the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG (PNW) project.

The variance that TransCanada has requested would allow the company to move forward with construction of the majority of the pipeline prior to a final investment decision on the PNW LNG project. To support the variance for NMML, TransCanada has secured new 20 year commercial contracts with 11 shippers for approximately 1.5 billion ft3/d of firm service.

Subject to regulatory approvals, TransCanada hopes to begin construction in 1H18, with facilities being phased into service over a two year period, beginning in April 2019.

“This project adds significant pipeline capacity that connects new gas supplies from the prolific Montney basin to the NGTL system and will provide access to markets across North America,” said Karl Johannson, TransCanada's Executive Vice President and President for natural gas pipelines.

“This investment further affirms our commitment to building key natural gas infrastructure in BC and ensures that the NGTL system can continue to efficiently and competitively meet the transportation needs of our customers," added Johannson. "The NMML project will provide new jobs and economic benefits for governments and communities.”

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