BC Gas Pipeline
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BC Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline.
The pipeline runs from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, to Sumas, Washington. There are two ongoing pipeline expansions adding 25 miles in Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada and Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada.
- Operator: Enbridge
- Current capacity: 3037.5 million cubic feet per day
- Proposed capacity: 3087.5 million cubic feet per day
- Length: 1,773 miles / 2,854 km
- Proposed length: 1,790.4 miles / 2,881.4 km
- Status: Operating
- Start Year: 1957
The BC Gas Pipeline extends from Fort Nelson to the US-Canadian border at Huntingdon-Sumas. The system transports approximately 60 percent of the natural gas produced in British Columbia, and supplies approximately half the natural gas demand in the American states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
There is a proposed expansion project known as Jackfish Lake Expansion. The first looping segment will start south of Taylor, on the south side of the Peace River, running about 12 kilometres. The second segment will start at the Pine River and run about 24 kilometres ending northeast of Chetwynd. Looping segments allow pipelines to have extra capacity, without increasing the pressure on the line. The project will also include a new compressor station, and modifications to an existing one in order to accommodate the increased volume of gas. When complete, the pipeline loop will add 137.5 million cubic feet per day of transportation capacity to Spectra Energy’s BC Pipeline, which transports processed, sales-quality natural gas - from facility primarily in Northeast B.C. - to markets throughout the province and the United States. Pending regulatory approval, construction is expected to begin in 2016, with an in-service date expected in late 2016 or early 2017. Spectra notes this timeline is subject to change. The Jackfish Lake Expansion project was completed in 2017.
There is an additional proposed expansion project called the Wynwood Pipeline Expansion Project, which would add 50 million cubic feet per day and 17 miles of pipeline near Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada. It is currently awaiting NEB approval.