TransCanada to advance Saddle West gas project

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., will move forward with its $655-million (Can.) Saddle West project in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

The project, expected to be in service in 2019, will increase total natural gas transportation capacity on the northwest portion of the system by 355 MMcfd. It’s underpinned by incremental firm service contracts.

Saddle West will include 29 km of 36-in. pipeline looping of existing mainlines, the addition of five compressor units at existing station sites, and new metering facilities.

“This project will increase capacity in a critical area of the NGTL system that connects and transports growing supplies of unconventional natural gas,” said Karl Johannson, TransCanada executive vice-president and president, natural gas pipelines. Once completed, it will serve producers in the Montney, Duvernay, and Deep basin areas.

An application to construct and operate the project will be filed with Canada’s National Energy Board in third-quarter 2017, and subject to regulatory approvals, construction is expected to start in 2018.

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