Plan a route that will have as little impact as possible on the terrain, waterways, wildlife and neighbouring communities.
After extensive planning, consultations, reviews and revisions, we have mapped out a route that runs 1,177 kilometres.
22 revisions led us to the best route
We made hundreds of individual changes to minimize impacts, and address the suggestions and concerns of all interested parties to:
Limit tree clearing and other disturbances by following existing linear disturbed areas.
Accommodate landowners, the public, participating First Nations, resource users and regulatory agencies.
Avoid old growth forests, parks, protected and wildlife areas, archaeological and heritage sites and other sensitive areas.
Reduce potential adverse environmental effects on fish, wildlife and other species.
70% of the route utilizes previously disturbed lands
These include old forestry roads, cut blocks and other disturbances. It’s how we’re working hard to meet the expectations of British Columbians
Canada’s most valuable resource is crude oil, with 99% of all our oil exports going to the United States at discounted prices.
The $6.5 billion Northern Gateway Pipeline will provide access to new markets in the Pacific Rim. More than that, the pipeline will be a model of world-class safety and environmental standards.
The pipeline’s route
A twin pipeline will run 1,177 km from Northern Alberta, through Northern British Columbia, to the deep-water port of Kitimat B.C. at the head of the Douglas Channel.
Invaluable input from experts
A team of over 200 experts and scientists conducted a comprehensive environmental assessment of the project route. Their findings have been incorporated into our planning.
The transfer from land to marine operations
The Kitimat Marine Terminal will include two ship 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 forecast is for the terminal to have the capacity to serve around 220 ship calls per year.
The pipeline’s capacity
The westbound 36" diameter pipeline will carry up to 525,000 barrels of oil per day. The eastbound 20" diameter pipeline will carry 193,000 barrels of condensate per day, which is a product used to thin oil for pipeline transport.
Care taken along the land route
70% of the pipeline route will utilize previously disturbed land. The pipeline will be dug deeper under watercourses for added protection. Ten pump stations will be powered by electric pumps to limit noise and greenhouse gas emissions.