Spectra Energy is moving ahead with 36-kilometre pipeline expansion to its Fort St. John mainline after the National Energy Board granted approval of the project this earlier this month.
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. The two loops will add capacity to the pipeline without increased pressure on the line, the company said.
These two 36-inch pipelines will transport sales-quality natural gas.
Two compressor station additions will also be built 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.
Despite originally requestng that the project go through the hearing process, both the Saulteau First Nation and West Mobelry First Nation withdrew their concerns about the project in April.
West Moberly chief Roland Willson told the Daily Oil Bulletin that his nation was confident effects from the expansion would be addressed by Spectra.
Spectra's BC Pipeline is used to transport natural gas from Northeast B.C. to markets throughout the province and in the United States.