Find new markets for a valuable Canadian resource while meeting our country’s expectations for environmentally responsible and sustainable infrastructure like ours built with First Nations and Métis ownership, stewardship, support and shared control.
In a true partnership between industry and First Nations and Métis peoples, build a pipeline in a way and on a scale that has never been done before: with world-class safety and environmental standards that will provide long-term jobs, shared ownership and opportunity for First Nations and Métis peoples and local communities.
Northern Gateway’s pipeline route will run approximately 1,177 km from Bruderheim, Alberta, across northern British Columbia, to the deep-water port of Kitimat.
A Safer Project
The Northern Gateway pipelines will be underground with many safety enhancements including steel that is 20% thicker on average than required by code, additional isolation valves to protect environmentally-sensitive locations and 24/7 staffing of remote pump stations. The westbound pipeline will be 36 inches in diameter and will carry an average of 525,000 barrels of oil per day. The eastbound pipeline will be 20 inches in diameter and will carry an average of 193,000 barrels of condensate per day, which is a product used to thin heavy oil for pipeline transport.
Approximately 70% of the pipeline route will utilize previously disturbed land. The pipeline will be installed deep under watercourses for added protection. Additional increases in pipe wall thickness will be used for major tributaries to the Fraser, Skeena and Kitimat Rivers. Ten pump stations will be powered by electric pumps to limit noise and greenhouse gas emissions.
Conditions to Build
In June 2014, the Government of Canada announced the approval of the Northern Gateway project, subject to the successful completion of 209 conditions set out by the JRP. Northern Gateway is currently the only oil pipeline project that has federal government approval for significant tidewater access.
Beyond the 209 conditions, Northern Gateway also made hundreds of additional commitments during the JRP process regarding Aboriginal engagement and consultation, environmental sustainability and community benefits that we continue to make progress on.
Together with the Aboriginal Equity Partners, the project proponents include Suncor Energy Inc., Cenovus Energy Inc., MEG Energy Corp., Nexen Inc., Total, Husky Energy Inc, Sinopec Canada, Teck Resources Limited, INPEX Corporation and Enbridge Inc..
A Meaningful Partnership
Projects like Northern Gateway should be built with First Nations and Métis environmental stewardship, ownership, support and shared control. Northern Gateway’s priority is to build trust, engage in respectful dialogues and build meaningful partnerships with First Nations and Métis communities in order to make the project better. These communities also play an important role in the project as owners, together with the other funding partners.
The Kitimat Terminal will include two tanker berths and 19 tanks for oil and condensate. While docked at the Terminal, tankers loading export oil will be surrounded by a containment boom. The terminal will have capacity to serve 220 ship calls per year.
Rigorous Scientific Review and Approval
In December 2013, after reviewing thousands of pages of scientific evidence and hearing hundreds of hours of expert testimony, the Joint Review Panel (JRP) concluded that Northern Gateway can be built and operated in a safe, reliable and environmentally-responsible manner and that it is in the Canadian public interest. This independent, non-partisan tribunal’s careful examination of the project was one of the most exhaustive of its kind in Canadian history.
First Nations & Métis Leadership
With First Nations and Métis ownership, environmental stewardship and monitoring and shared control through the Aboriginal Equity Partners (AEP), the 31 First Nations and Métis communities that are owners of Northern Gateway, the project is being renewed and improved to address their concerns regarding environmental protection and long-term economic prosperity. Northern Gateway has changed. We are making progress and we remain open to further changes.