Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipline is a $4.5 billion project that would move petroleum and condensate from Edmonton to the deepsea port of Kitimat on the central coast of British Columbia. The project also includes development of marine facilities for oil and liquids tankers at the port of Kitimat.
The pipeline portion of the project would consist of two pipelines. The first, a 36-inch diameter pipeline, would carry a daily average of 525,000 barrels of crude from Alberta to tankers in Kitimat, which would then be delivered to buyers in Asia and the Pacific United States. The second is a smaller 20-inch pipeline that would transport 193,000 barrels of condensate- used to thin heavier crude products so they can flow through pipelines- from Kitimat to near Edmonton.
The marine terminal in Kitimat will inlcude two ship berths, 11 petroleum storage tanks and three condensate storage tanks.
Enbridge has not yet filed a permitting application for this project. The most recent estimated filing date is late 2009 or early 2010. The project then would be subject to a regulatory review process that generally lasts about 2 years.
- Listen to a presentation on the complexities of the project by the Dogwood Initiative
- Read Dogwood’s extensive blog post explaining why Northern Gateway is “a waste of public time and money“.
- Visit Enbridge’s project website