A proposed $1.4-billion pipeline connecting growing Montney production to North American markets has been given the green light by the National Energy Board (NEB).
The North Montney Mainline was originally tied to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, but TransCanada subsidiary NOVA Gas Transmission said it would proceed anyway after proponents walked away from the LNG project last year.
The North Montney Mainline is designed with capacity to ship 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. It consists of approximately 206 kilometres of 42-inch pipeline, compression and associated metering facilities.
TransCanada says it will boost the economy by supporting thousands of high-quality construction jobs and deliver an estimated $100 million in construction contracts for Indigenous businesses and workers.
Subject to timely federal approval, construction is expected to start by the third quarter of 2018, with an anticipated in-service date of mid-2019.
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