Westcoast Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Spectra Energy Transmission, has filed an application with the National Energy Board for its proposed Jackfish Lake Expansion Project.
The project will involve the construction of two separate pipeline loops, paralleling the existing Fort St. John Mainline between Taylor and Chetywnd.
The NEB'S decision will take into account the design and safety of the project, environmental matters, and other issues such as the socio-economic and land impacts, and the impact on the project on Aboriginal groups and other affected landowners.
The loops will add capacity without increasing pressure on the line. These 36-inch pipelines would transport sales-quality natural gas.
The first segment will start south of Taylor and will run about 12 kilometres. The second will start at the Pine River and run about 24 kilometres, ending northeast of Chetwynd.
Two compressor stations on an existing footprint would be required to move the increased volume of gas.
The project will add 137.5 million cubic feet per day of transportation capacity to Spectra Energy's BC Pipeline.
The BC Pipeline is used to transport natural gas from Northeast B.C. to markets throughout the province and the United States.
EDITORS NOTE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the project would be going to a hearing. This is untrue, and would have affected the project's timeline. We apologize for the error.