NEB approves Mackenzie Gas Project

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor 

HOUSTON, Dec. 20 -- Canada’s National Energy Board approved applications for the construction and operation of the Mackenzie Gas Project through northern Canada.

The proposed project includes the 1,196-km Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, three onshore natural gas fields, a 457-km pipeline to carry natural gas liquids from Inuvik, NWT, to an existing oil pipeline at Norman Wells, NWT, and other related facilities.

The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, which would run from the Beaufort Sea to northwestern Alberta, is designed to carry up to 1.2 bcfd.

The NEB attached 264 conditions to the project's approval in areas including engineering and safety provisions that must be met if the project is to be built. If the federal cabinet approves NEB’s decision, the agency will issue appropriate approvals, including a certificate of public convenience and necessity.

Project operator Imperial Oil's latest cost estimate, released in 2007, pegged the project at $16 billion.

In addition to Imperial, the Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline LP, ConocoPhillips Canada (North) Ltd, Shell Canada Ltd, and ExxonMobil Canada Properties hold shares in the project. If the proponents decide to build the Mackenzie Gas Project, they would also be required to obtain various permits and authorizations from other boards and government agencies before construction could commence.

Imperial filed a letter with the NEB in March stating it would not decide whether to proceed with the project until late 2013, citing administrative delays in the approval process and subsequent difficulties keeping the project adequately staffed.

Contact Christopher E. Smith at

Related Articles

ConocoPhillips reports higher 2013 earnings

02/10/2014 ConocoPhillips reported full-year earnings of $9.2 billion in 2013, an increase from the $8.4 billion totaled in 2012, which included $1.2 billion ...

ConocoPhillips reports higher 2013 earnings, expects higher production in 2014

01/31/2014 ConocoPhillips reported full-year earnings of $9.2 billion in 2013, an increase from the $8.4 billion totaled in 2012, which included $1.2 billion ...

Alaska LNG Project parties sign heads of agreement

01/16/2014 ExxonMobil Corp., BP PLC, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada Corp., Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), and Alaska’s commissioners of natural resourc...

ConocoPhillips closes $1.75 billion sale of Algeria business

11/27/2013 ConocoPhillips completed the sale of its Algeria business unit ConocoPhillips Algeria Ltd. to Indonesian state-owned Pertamina for $1.75 billion, r...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected