On Thursday, TC Energy announced it will invest $1.3 billion in two new expansion projects on its wholly-owned natural gas pipeline systems.
“Our natural gas pipeline systems require expansion as customers continue to contract for incremental pipeline capacity to meet growing demand,” said Russ Girling, TC Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
The Calgary-based company says it will spend $0.9 billion on expanding the NGTL Intra-Basin System, which will deliver natural gas from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) to Alberta markets within the NOVA Gas Transmission System.
As well, TC Energy will invest US$300 million to expand the ANR Pipeline to provide access for Canadian natural gas production to growing LNG export and other markets along the US Gulf Coast.
“These new investments within our existing system footprints supplement our ongoing $30 billion secured capital program and demonstrate the long-term need across North America and in global energy markets for clean-burning natural gas, as well as the value of our existing infrastructure as a platform for organic growth,” said Girling.
TC Energy says the 2023 NGTL Intra-Basin System Expansion is underpinned by approximately 309 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of new firm service delivery contracts.
Customers have executed agreements with 15-year terms, with service commencing in 2023, that will connect WCSB supply to growing Alberta market demand in the power generation, oil sands, petrochemical and utility sectors.
The 2023 NGTL Intra-Basin System Expansion will include approximately 119 km (74 miles) of new pipeline in existing rights-of-way and 90 MW of additional compression.
Applications for approvals to construct and operate the facilities are expected to be filed with the Canada Energy Regulator in 2020 and, pending receipt of regulatory approvals, construction is set to start as early as fourth quarter 2021.
The Alberta XPress project on ANR is underpinned by approximately 160 MMcf/d of new firm service contracts and will include compressor station modifications and additions within the existing ANR footprint, as well as utilize existing capacity on the Great Lakes Gas Transmission and Canadian Mainline systems.
The company says customers have negotiated agreements, which include customary conditions precedent, with weighted average terms of 19 years and service commencing in 2022.
Applications for approvals to construct and operate the ANR facilities will be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2020. Pending receipt of FERC approvals, construction is expected to begin as early as third quarter 2021.
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