Map shows location of B.C. shale gas formations and 'early conceptual routes' for the proposed pipeline.

New pipeline to feed natural gas exports

Pipeline across northern B.C. would supply new natural gas export facilities at Prince Rupert.

Two months after opening its newest natural gas processing plant near Dawson Creek, Spectra Energy has announced a partnership that will more than double its B.C. capacity with a large-scale pipeline to Prince Rupert.

Spectra and British Gas (BG) Group plc announced Monday a development agreement to construct an 850-km large-diameter pipeline connecting its hub of operations near Fort St. John with proposed liquefied natural gas facilities near Prince Rupert.

The pipeline would connect vast shale gas resources in the Montney formation near Fort St. John and the Liard, Horn River and Cordova Embayment shales near Fort Nelson. Its capacity of 4.2 million cubic feet per day compares to Spectra’s existing gas handling capacity of 2.4 million cubic feet per day.

BG Group has optioned an 80-hectare site in the Ridley industrial area owned by the Prince Rupert Port Authority for a possible liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility. Operating gas production facilities in 20 countries, BG is currently building a new LNG plant in Australia.

The joint announcement, the companies said “early conceptual routes” have been developed, with consultation planned for affected routes. The project timeline is to begin construction by 2015 and complete the pipeline by 2020.

Two other gas pipelines, the Pacific Trail and Coastal GasLink projects, have been proposed to supply LNG facilities at Kitimat.

Spectra’s B.C. operations started as Westcoast Transmission Corp. with construction of B.C.’s first gas processing plant on the Peace River at Taylor in 1949. It still operates that plant, and pipeline network that supplies natural gas to the B.C. Lower Mainland.

Premier Christy Clark and Energy Minister Rich Coleman attended opening ceremonies in July for Spectra’s new Dawson Processing Plant. Doug Bloom, president of Spectra Energy Transmission West, said the company was near completion of its $1.5 billion B.C. investment program, with another $4-6 billion to be invested after 2015.

Just Posted

Surrey tops list of most delayed, congested TransLink bus routes

TransLink says delays are costing $75 million a year

No injuries reported after ‘T-bone’ collision in South Surrey

Three-vehicle collision occurred at 184 Street and 40 Avenue intersection

Parking changes may be coming to Clayton Heights

Surrey Council to decide on pilot project

Delta Sports Hall of Fame to honour 2019’s Sport Champions

Past and present inductees will be honoured at a gala banquet in Tsawwassen on Saturday, Oct. 26

White Rock honeybee deaths prompt inspection by KPU prof

Researcher Cameron Lait unable to provide diagnosis due to lack of evidence – but has a theory

Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s mural defaced in Edmonton

The eyes on the portrait were blacked out

LETTER: Middle class better off with Trudeau’s child benefit boost

It’s a transfer, not a tax cut, but it helps families get ahead

VIDEO: Depth and scoring lacking for Vancouver Giants this season: Coach

G-Men defeated on home ice Sunday by Victoria – next up Everett on Friday

Report suggests new BC Ferries terminal near YVR

Metro Vancouver currently has two ferry terminals at northern and southern reaches

B.C. scouting group’s tent destroyed by black bear on Thanksgiving

The Richmond-based Sea Dragon Sea Scouts were camping at Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray

Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement

Most Read