Pacific Trail Pipelines Limited Partnership (PTP) on Tuesday announced the filing of an application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the proposed Kitimat to Summit Lake Pipeline Looping Project (KSL Project) with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO).
The KSL Project entails the construction of approximately 462 kilometers of 36-inch diameter pipeline and compression facilities as required to enable PTP to accept delivery of up to 1 billion cubic feet per day of regasified liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a receiving terminal proposed by Kitimat LNG Inc. (Terminal). The KSL Project will provide users of the Terminal with access to a diversity of gas markets across North America.
The Environmental Assessment Certificate application for the KSL Project was prepared in accordance with the approved terms of reference and Section 11 Order previously issued for the KSL Project by the BCEAO. The application will be screened for 30 days to ensure it fully addresses the approved terms of reference followed by a legislated 180-day Provincial review process that is harmonized with a Federal review process. PTP is expecting a decision on the Environmental Assessment Certificate for the KSL Project near the end of the first quarter of 2008.
PTP is a 50/50 partnership of Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. and Galveston LNG Inc., the parent company of Kitimat LNG Inc., and was formed for the purpose of developing the KSL Project. Kitimat LNG Inc. has received its provincial and federal permits and certificates for the Terminal. The KSL Project and the Terminal, the first of its kind to be located on the West Coast of Canada, are expected to commence operations in late 2010 subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions, including obtaining LNG supply for the Terminal. PTP can give no assurances that these conditions will be satisfied or that construction of the KSL Project will proceed.
Headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. owns and operates natural gas transmission and distribution systems. PNG's western transmission line extends from the Spectra Energy Transmission system north of Prince George to tidewater at Kitimat and Prince Rupert, and provides service to 12 communities and a number of industrial facilities. In the northeast, PNG's subsidiary Pacific Northern Gas (N.E.) Ltd. provides gas distribution service in the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Tumbler Ridge areas.
Kitimat LNG Inc. is a Calgary-based private company focused on the development of LNG and related facilities in North America.