TransCanada applies for Alberta pipeline expansion

TransCanada Corp. has requested approval from Alberta regulators to construct a 300-km, 42-in. natural gas pipeline on the northern Alberta system to deliver more gas to oil sands producers.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 26 -- TransCanada Corp. has requested approval from Alberta regulators to construct a 300-km, 42-in. natural gas pipeline on the northern Alberta system to deliver more gas to oil sands producers.

The Calgary company filed an application Nov. 21 with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board for a construction permit for the 800 MMcfd capacity line.

The estimated capital cost of this expansion is $983 million (Can.). The expansion, called the North Central Corridor pipeline project, is intended to address anticipated increased gas demand, resulting largely from increased oil sands development, TransCanada said.

The proposed pipeline would connect the northwestern Alberta system at the existing Meikle River compressor station to the northeast portion of the system at the existing Woodenhouse compressor station.

Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2008.

The first segment of the pipeline is expected to be completed in April 2009. TransCanada anticipates completing the second segment and putting it in service in April 2010, the company said.

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