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Canada’s energy regulator approves NOVA natural gas pipeline expansion

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The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has recommended for approval NOVA Gas Transmission’s (NGTL) natural gas pipeline expansion project.

The 2021 System Expansion project includes around 344km of natural gas pipeline in eight loops and three compressor station unit additions. The pipeline is expected to start near Grande Prairie in Alberta, Canada and end just north of Calgary.

Following its review of the project, CER found considerable benefits, including increased market access for Canadian natural gas, capacity building for locals and Indigenous communities and businesses, as well as job creation across the country.

The recommendation report reads: “The benefits and burdens of any project are never distributed evenly across the country. In light of these circumstances, reasonable people can and will disagree on what the best balance and outcome is for Canadians.”

After weighing up project benefits and burdens, CER determined that the project is in the public interest. Moreover, by implementing NGTL’s environmental protection procedures, commitments, mitigation measures and a further 34 recommended conditions, the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental impact.

In its application, NGTL noted that it expects to begin operating the project by April 2021 at an estimated cost of $2.3 billion (€2.1 billion).