The federal government has approved TransCanada’s North Montney Mainline Project that will connect gas supply in northeast British Columbia (B.C.) and other Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin supply to existing and new natural gas markets.
“This is a significant milestone for the growth of our NGTL system.” says Patrick Keys, vice-president, Commercial West for TransCanada’s Canadian & Eastern U.S. Gas Pipelines. “A top priority for TransCanada is to ensure reliability for shippers and add much needed capacity to the NGTL System.”
With an abundance of natural gas in Western Canada, the North Montney Mainline will provide substantial new capacity on the NOVA Gas Transmission (NGTL) System to meet the transportation requirements associated with increasing development of natural gas resources in the Montney supply basin in northeastern British Columbia (B.C.).
Local communities will benefit from business opportunities for qualified contractors and suppliers in the project area. It is estimated that the project will spend more than $800 million on services and sub-contracts with most of these expenditures occurring in B.C. Additional estimates indicate that the North Montney Mainline will provide more than 4,000 full-time direct employment positions.
“It is estimated that this project will generate approximately $530 million of labour income for workers employed in B.C.,” says Keys. “TransCanada has an established contracting and employment program to hire Aboriginal businesses and workers for the project, along with other employment opportunities for those in B.C. such as equipment operators, trades people, labour, and health and safety professionals.”
It is also expected that the pipeline will generate a significant amount of government tax revenues for British Columbia and local municipalities. During construction it is said that the project will generate approximately $89 million in tax revenues in B.C.
North Montney will work with local and Aboriginal communities to identify education and training requirements for the project. TransCanada is also committed to support a series of programs that assist Aboriginal people and communities to achieve their education and training goals.
In northeastern B.C., TransCanada has engaged in a range of education and training initiatives for Aboriginal communities, such as the North East Native Advancing Society and the First Nations Youth Natural Resources Training and Mentorship Program, which support skills development and employability programs for Aboriginal community members.
The North Montney Mainline will bring considerable economic benefits to northeastern B.C. Construction of the project the will add approximately $1.5 billion to the total value of goods and services produced in Canada, with an estimated $890 million to British Columbia’s economy alone.
For more information or updates on the project, please visit the project website.