Canada: MacKenzie Valley Pipeline jumps regulatory hurdle

Source: National Energy Board

Having received approval from the federal cabinet, the Canadian National Energy Board has issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the 1,196-kilometer long Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, part of the Mackenzie Gas Project

The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline would run from the Beaufort Sea to northwestern Alberta, and is designed to carry up to 34.3 million cubic metres (1.2 billion cubic feet) of natural gas per day. The Mackenzie Gas Project also includes three onshore natural gas fields, a pipeline gathering system to bring the gas from the development fields to a processing plant, a 457-kilometre pipeline to carry natural gas liquids from Inuvik, NWT to an existing oil pipeline at Norman Wells, NWT and other related facilities. 

The proponents for this project are Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited, the Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Limited Partnership, ConocoPhillips Canada (North) Limited, Shell Canada Limited and ExxonMobil Canada Properties. They would be required to obtain various permits and authorizations from other boards and government agencies before construction could commence. 

The NEB is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

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