The proposed Island Gas Connector (IGC) Project is an estimated 81-mile (129-kilometre) natural gas pipeline that would deliver Canadian natural gas from Sumas, Washington to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The proposed IGC Project is being developed by Oklahoma-based Williams, the owner and operator of Northwest Pipeline in the United States and Steelhead LNG, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The proposed Island Gas Connector (IGC) Project would deliver natural gas approximately 34 miles (54 kilometres) from Northwest Pipeline’s Canadian gas interconnect at Sumas, Washington, to the shoreline in the Birch Bay/Custer, Washington area. From there, it would travel 47 miles (75 kilometres) underwater to the proposed Malahat LNG Project site, approximately five miles (7 kilometres) south of Mill Bay, BC, in the Saanich Inlet of Vancouver Island.
As a proposed international pipeline, the proposed Island Gas Connector (IGC) Project must be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the US portion of the proposed IGC Project and the National Energy Board (NEB) for the Canadian portion of the proposed IGC Project. In addition, various local, state/provincial and federal permits will also be required for portions under each jurisdiction. As part of the regulatory processes, the proposed IGC Project will undergo rigorous regulatory, environmental and technical assessments in the United States and Canada.
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 its early stages. Developing a pipeline proposal spans several years and involves a number steps and activities including extensive environmental and engineering studies along with Canadian Aboriginal, Tribal, landowner and stakeholder engagement.
Applications to regulators in the United States and Canada would be filed in 2016 and 2017. If approved, construction would begin as early as summer 2019. The proposed pipeline could be in operation in November 2020, subject to approvals.
The proposed Island Gas Connector (IGC) Project team is committed to talking with Native American Tribes, Canadian Aboriginal groups, communities, landowners and stakeholders about all aspects the proposed Project. Open, extensive and thorough engagement along the proposed land and marine route in Washington and BC is an important part of the proposed IGC Project. The proposed IGC Project team will provide comprehensive information about and seek feedback on the proposal as it moves toward public hearings and if successful, into construction.
We encourage public involvement. Contact us with a question or attend one of our events. This input will help shape the scope of the proposed IGC Project.