TransCanada Corporation (TRP) (TransCanada) announced that it will proceed with construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project (Coastal GasLink) after a decision to sanction the LNG Canada natural gas liquefaction facility in Kitimat, British Columbia (B.C.) was announced earlier by the joint venture participants of LNG Canada, a consortium comprised of Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS (the LNG Canada Participants).
Coastal GasLink is a 670-kilometre pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region near Dawson Creek, B.C. to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat. The pipeline will have an initial capacity of approximately 2.1 Bcf/day with the potential for expansion of up to approximately 5 Bcf/day. Construction activities are expected to begin in early 2019 with a planned in-service date in 2023.
The Coastal GasLink project was first proposed in 2012 after TransCanada was selected as LNG Canada’s pipeline partner of choice to design, build, own and operate the pipeline system. Since then, the Coastal GasLink team has completed significant project work and successfully achieved key milestones through it’s extensive environmental and field studies, regulatory approvals, and consultation and engagement programs with local communities and Indigenous groups in the design and planning of the project.