Nova Gas Win Partial Approval For Komie North Extension

March 2013, Vol. 240, No. 3

Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) recommended partial approval to the Governor in Council (GiC) for the Northwest Mainline Komie North Extension project submitted by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd (NGTL).

NGTL proposes to build a $333.2 million project consisting of two separate pipeline segments. The NEB recommended approval for the Chinchaga section of the project, which is a 33-km pipeline loop running between the Chinchaga meter station and the Meikle River compressor station, located 76 km northwest of Manning, Alberta.

The NEB did not recommend approval for the Komie North section which is an extension to the Horn River Mainline and includes 97 km of pipe, proposed to be located 110 km north of Fort Nelson, BC. The NEB found that NGTL did not establish the need for a pipeline of the proposed size to go to Fortune Creek and ruled that the Komie North Section is premature.

On July 6, 2012, portions of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act came into force, including legislative changes to the NEB Act. This is the first application following the legislative changes where the NEB will be submitting a report with its recommendation to the GiC.