Increased development in the natural gas-rich Montney Shale continues to foster northern British Columbia (BC) pipeline projects as production increases, including preparations for LNG exports to begin from the Pacific coast by 2025.

After recommending final approval in October of NEBC Connector’s NorthRiver Midstream to transport natural gas liquids, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has been told to expect Enbridge Inc. to plan an expansion of its Westcoast gas network.

According to an Enbridge filing to CER, the Aspen Point Program is planned in response to binding contracts for 535 MMcf/d of new Westcoast capacity. The contracts average more than 26 years and call for deliveries beginning in November 2025.

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