About the Project

The proposed Island Gas Connector Project (IGC Project) is an estimated 81-mile (129-kilometre) natural gas pipeline that would supply a proposed natural gas (LNG) facility on southern Vancouver Island called Malahat LNG.

Overview


Two companies – one in the United States and one in Canada – are proposing a new natural gas pipeline – underground and underwater – between Washington State and Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC).

Oklahoma-based Williams, the owner and operator of Northwest Pipeline, is working with Vancouver, BC-based Steelhead LNG (Salish) Ltd. (Steelhead LNG) to explore building and operating the proposed Island Gas Connector. The estimated 81-mile (129-kilometre) proposed natural gas pipeline would supply a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on southern Vancouver Island called Malahat LNG.

Williams and Steelhead LNG announced their intention to pursue the proposed Island Gas Connector (IGC) Project on September 1, 2015. The proposed IGC Project is in the early stages of various studies and engagement with potentially affected Native American Tribes, Canadian Aboriginal groups, landowners, local stakeholders and communities.

The Proposed Island Gas Connector Project in Brief


  • Oklahoma-based Williams is working with Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG to explore building and operating the proposed Island Gas Connector – an estimated 81-mile (129-kilometre) underground and underwater pipeline system that would deliver Canadian-sourced natural gas to Steelhead LNG’s proposed Malahat facility on Vancouver Island.
  • The pipeline would begin in the United States and end in Canada. With an expected diameter of 36 inches, the pipeline would run approximately 34 miles (54 kilometres) in Washington from Sumas to the Birch Bay/Custer area. Approximately 47 miles (75 kilometres) – would be placed on the seabed in the Salish Sea between the Birch Bay/Custer area and the proposed liquefied natural gas facility on the shoreline of Malahat Nation-owned land, approximately five miles (seven kilometres) south of Mill Bay, BC, in the Saanich Inlet of Vancouver Island.
  • If approved by regulators – the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the United States and the National Energy Board (NEB) in Canada – construction of the IGC Project would begin as early as summer 2019. The anticipated pipeline in-service date is November 2020, subject to approvals.
  • Pipelines are the safest, most reliable and efficient manner of transporting energy products. Pipelines exist almost everywhere throughout North America and around the world — generally buried underground — transporting the energy we depend on every day to heat homes, generate electricity, cook food and so much more. Pipelines are a vital and efficient part of North America’s energy infrastructure.
  • The IGC Project is in its early stages of studies and discussion. It will undergo rigorous environmental and technical assessments throughout the regulatory and construction phases. Williams and Steelhead LNG are undertaking an extensive engagement and consultation process with potentially affected Native American Tribes, Canadian Aboriginal groups, landowners, local stakeholders and communities. The proposed route may change depending on technical or environmental factors or as a result of this dialogue and studies.

Project Developers

Two companies – Williams and Steelhead LNG – are working together to explore and develop the proposed Island Gas Connector Project.

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is an Oklahoma-based energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America’s significant hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids and olefins. Williams’ operations span across the United States.

Through its 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometre) Northwest Pipeline, Williams has safely maintained and operated natural gas pipelines in the US Pacific Northwest for nearly 60 years.

With major positions in top supply basins in the US, Williams owns and operates more than 33,000 miles (53,100 kilometres) of pipelines systems providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Williams’ operations touch approximately 30 percent of US natural gas.

More information about Williams is available at willams.com

 

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Steelhead LNG is a BC-based energy company focused on LNG project development in British Columbia. The company’s experience includes guiding some of the world’s leading energy companies and projects, with commercial and technical expertise that spans the entire LNG value chain. Steelhead LNG team members have also worked on more than half of the existing LNG projects worldwide. From project concept to product delivery, Steelhead LNG is committed to responsibly creating and delivering value for the communities, suppliers and customers it serves.

More information about Steelhead LNG is available at steelheadlng.com

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