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.